'Swag is consistency' – Saints running back Alvin Kamara enjoys return to form in dominant win

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Nobody can say that Alvin Kamara doesn’t back up his words after his New Orleans Saints shutout the Las Vegas Raiders 24-0 on Sunday.

After saying his team intended to 'whoop' the Raiders, Kamara did his part as he scored his first three touchdowns of the season while the Saints' defense limited the Raiders to 183 total yards, rebounding from last week’s prime-time loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

"I stick to what I said," Kamara said. "We was going to go out there and beat their [butt], and we did that."

Kamara unleashed in a fiery postgame speech after the loss to the Cardinals, preaching accountability and playing "Saints football".

"I think [the swagger] is probably on its way back," Kamara said. "We had a nice performance right there, but swag ain’t s*** if it’s not consistent.

"You can do it one time, but you’ve got to be able to string it together. We’re looking for the same type of preparation this week. I know I am."

Next up for Kamara and the Saints is a Monday night matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.

"Just because we had a nice game this week doesn’t mean that there’s a fall-off or taper down," Kamara said. "We’ve got to do the same thing the next week, and the next week and the next week. Put it together. That’s really what swag is. Swag is consistency."

Kamara believes the win was especially gratifying for head coach Dennis Allen, who was fired by the Raiders four games into the 2014 season. Kamara said Allen made no mention of what a win would mean to him until he addressed the team in the locker room after the game.

"He didn’t really say anything about it," Kamara said. "But in the locker room, he was like, ‘yeah, I lied. This game meant a lot to me'."

Even at 3-5, New Orleans are just one game behind the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons.

"The defence was challenged this week, in terms of stepping up and playing the way they’re capable of playing," Allen said. "I thought they came out and played with energy, passion. I thought they played with swagger, which was good to see."