Saints vs. Panthers: Grades and snap counts from loss

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The New Orleans Saints lost a heartbreaker to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday 41-38, which resulted in the fourth straight loss by the team.

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

Snap Count Leaders – Offense

Max Unger, Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Zach Strief, Drew Brees – 64
Marques Colston – 60
Brandin Cooks – 59
Ben Watson, Mark Ingram, Tim Lelito – 55
Brandon Coleman – 47

Highest Grades – Offense

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE (+1.7, 7 snaps)
Brandon Coleman, WR (+1.5)
Drew Brees, QB (+1.4)

Lowest Grades – Offense

Mark Ingram, RB (-2.1)
Max Unger, C (-2.1)
Zach Strief, RT (-2.0)
Senio Kelemete, RG (-1.9, 12 snaps)

Snap Count Leaders – Defense

Stephone Anthony, Kenny Vaccaro, Jairus Byrd – 83
Brandon Browner – 82
James Anderson – 78
Cam Jordan – 75
Tyeler Davison – 68

Highest Grades – Defense

Kevin Williams, DT (+4.5, 58 snaps)
Cam Jordan, DE (+3.1)
Delvin Breaux, CB (+2.8, 13 snaps)
Tyeler Davison, DT (+2.6)

Lowest Grades – Defense

Brandon Browner, CB (-4.9)
Bobby Richardson, DE (-3.3, 59 snaps)
Brian Dixon, CB (-1.7, 42 snaps)

Other Stat Stories

  • The black and gold held the ball for only 23:26, while the Panthers dominated with 36:34. The Saints offense, as expected, lost the first down battle 33-21.
  • Dennis Allen’s went from averaging 5.5 yards per play given up to the Texans to 6.2 yards per play against the Panthers.
  • The Saints offense finished 3-for-10 (30 percent) on 3rd down efficiency, and failed their lone 4th down attempt.
  • Final penalty count for the Saints: 11 penalties, 104 yards. Three of said penalties were credited to Brandon Browner.
  • C.J. Spiller appeared in only 5 snaps for the Saints on Sunday.
  • James Anderson led all Saints defenders with 11 total tackles.
  • The first blocked PAT returned for a 2-point conversion went to Stephone Anthony, who also was credited with a forced fumble, recovery, touchdown, and 10 total tackles.

The Saints (4-8) now take on another NFC South divisional foe, as they travel to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers (6-6) on Sunday. Sean Payton’s crew will now try to not finish below .500 for the third time in 4 years.

The Saints currently hold the No. 7th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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