Saints’ surging defense cashes in gift card against QB-less Broncos – New Orleans Saints Blog

The New Orleans Saints’ defense was supposed to feast on this Thanksgiving Sunday against a Denver Broncos team that was stuck with all of its quarterbacks on the COVID-reserve list.

And, wow, did they ever.

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The Saints (9-2) set a franchise record with just 112 yards allowed and forced three turnovers while winning their eighth straight game in a 31-3 rout. Broncos “quarterback” Kendall Hinton (a former Wake Forest quarterback who was actually serving as a practice-squad receiver) completed only 1 of 9 passes for 13 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.

It didn’t even matter that Saints quarterback Taysom Hill suffered a big letdown in his second career start, completing just 9 of 16 passes for 78 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception of his own, while running for 44 yards and two touchdowns.

But don’t shortchange the Saints’ defense just because they rolled out the red carpet for this one. They’ve been feasting for a month now.

The Saints have now allowed only one touchdown in the past four weeks (a 38-3 win at Tampa Bay in Week 9, a 27-13 win over San Francisco in Week 10, a 24-9 win over Atlanta in Week 11).

Taysom Hill ran for two scores, but did not throw the ball particularly well, going 7-for-16 with one interception. Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire

And they have only gotten stronger since adding linebacker Kwon Alexander at the trade deadline. Alexander recovered a fumble that was forced by safety Malcolm Jenkins in the second quarter Sunday and nearly returned it for a touchdown.

The other turnovers were interceptions by cornerback Janoris Jenkins (who limped off with a knee injury after the play) and safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (who has been playing lights-out for the last month).

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore also broke up a third-down pass in the first quarter that should have been intercepted. Defensive end Cameron Jordan had a sack, giving him four over the past two weeks after a slow start to the season.

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QB Breakdown: Hill’s final numbers would have been more disappointing if … you know … the Saints had actually needed him to play well. But it was still a bit disturbing that he looked so hesitant throughout the game after he had looked surprisingly poised and polished in last week’s debut win over the Falcons.

Hill’s hesitance helped lead to three sacks, two delay-of-game penalties and some other aborted plays early in the game. He held the ball instead of throwing a screen pass at one point, which led to an illegal-man-downfield penalty. He missed way too high on one downfield throw to tight end Jared Cook before throwing a

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Walmart cashes in on ecommerce in its fiscal Q3 2021

  • Walmart saw ecommerce gains continue into its fiscal Q3 2021 (ended October 31, 2020), which may continue into the holiday shopping season.
  • And this growth could help offset the recent slowdown in retail spending.

The retail giant’s earnings release for its fiscal Q3 2021 (ended October 31, 2020) shows that ecommerce sales grew 79% year over year (YoY)—a slowdown from last quarter, which saw a whopping 98% YoY growth.

Walmart US Ecommerce Annual Sales Growth

Walmart saw ecommerce gains continue into its fiscal Q3 2021.

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It’s worth noting that despite the slowdown, Walmart’s ecommerce figures are still significantly higher than prepandemic levels: In its fiscal Q3 2020 (ended October 31, 2019), ecommerce sales increased 41% annually. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said he attributes the retailer’s ecommerce sales growth to new customer shopping behaviors—likely referencing the widespread adoption of online shopping picked up at the onset of the pandemic by consumers and carried into recent months.

Walmart’s latest earnings come amid retail growth slowdown: October’s retail sales grew 0.3% from the previous month, according to recent data from the US Department of Commerce. This figure shows marked growth deceleration from September, which saw a nearly 2% month-over-month increase in retail sales. In October, retail sales fell in key categories such as groceries, dining, and apparel, with consumers likely cutting back spending as coronavirus cases began climbing into the fall months.

Walmart’s ecommerce efforts could help it offset retail’s slowdown as the holiday shopping season takes hold.

  • Overall retail is slowing down amid a backdrop of rising coronavirus cases. The US recently surpassed11 million coronavirus cases, with many states beginning to reinstate restrictions seen earlier in the pandemic. Furthermore, Walmart announced that it would once again begin limiting the number of customers it allows in stores in response to the rising cases. The reintroduction of coronavirus measures coupled with the slowdown of October retail spending could point to a drop in Walmart’s in-store sales potential, especially its in-store Black Friday and December sales, which have historically been lucrative spending holidays for the retailer.
  • But ecommerce could be Walmart’s saving grace into the next quarter. Walmart’s unprecedented ecommerce growth during the pandemic—which Walmart CFO Brett Biggs sayshas amounted to three to five years of ecommerce acceleration in a matter of weeks and months—can help it drive up overall sales into the next quarter. The retailer has been focusing its efforts on enhancing the online shopping experience in the hopes of capitalizing on the online shopping surge: It’s aiming to make curbside pickup faster and more efficient, while also increasing the apparel offerings on its website. Additionally, Walmart plans to leverage the online shopping surge by bringing a portion of its Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales online, which may help it offset potential in-store declines.

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