Saints vs. Texans: Offense grades out abysmal in one-sided loss


You can’t exactly place blame on the defense for the New Orleans Saints 24-6 one-sided loss to the Houston Texans. Not like anyone would suspect anything differently, but the grades were fairly ugly.

Here’s a look at the Saints snap count leaders and grades from Sunday’s game against the Texans, as per Pro Football Focus.

Snap Count Leaders – Offense

Max Unger, Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Jahri Evans, Zach Strief, Drew Brees – 60
Brandin Cooks, Ben Watson – 53
Mark Ingram – 46
Willie Snead – 45
Marques Colston – 44

Highest Grades – Offense

Willie Snead, WR (+0.8)
Terron Armstead, LT (+0.5)
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE (+0.3, 15 snaps)

Lowest Grades – Offense

Andrus Peat, LG (-5.9)
Ben Watson, TE (-3.7)
Drew Brees, QB (-3.1)
Zach Strief, RT (-1.2)
Jahri Evans, RG (-1.1)

Snap Count Leaders – Defense

Stephone Anthony, Kenny Vaccaro, Jairus Byrd – 73
Delvin Breaux – 72
Brandon Browner – 70
Cam Jordan – 66
John Jenkins – 52

Highest Grades – Defense

Kenny Vaccaro, S (+2.7)
Cam Jordan, DE (+1.6)
Michael Mauti, LB (+1.0, 29 snaps)

Lowest Grades – Defense

John Jenkins, DT (-3.5)
Hau’oli Kikaha, LB (-2.8, 39 snaps)
Brandon Browner, CB (-1.8)

Other Stat Stories

  • The black and gold held the ball for only 23:37, while the Texans dominated with 36:23. The Saints offense, as you’d imagine, lost the first down battle 23-14.
  • Dennis Allen’s defensive debut gave up 362 total net yards of offense, and the Texans averaged 5.5 yard per play.
  • The Saints offense finished 3-for-12 (25 percent) on 3rd down efficiency.
  • Final penalty count for the Saints: 10 penalties, 82 yards. The Saints are tied for 3rd most penalties in the NFL with 92, according to NFL penalties.
  • The Saints lost a 155-game touchdown streak, which will go down as the second longest in NFL history.
  • Drew Brees lost his consecutive passing touchdown streak of 45 straight games, which coincidently came three years to the date (11/29/12) when he last lost the streak against the Atlanta Falcons.
  • C.J. Spiller appeared in only 12 snaps for the Saints on Sunday. Spiller has now 154 snaps through 10 games (15 per game average), which is exactly what you want from a player who you shelled out $16 million and gave $5 million up front.

The Saints (4-7) have completely disappointed this season, and now have to worry about hosting the red-hot Carolina Panthers (11-0) at the Superdome. This one could get very ugly, and the Panthers can clinch a playoff spot and a third straight NFC South divisional title. Mathematically, the Saints are still alive in the playoff hunt, but it’s going to take something miraculous for this team to get there.