Saints vs. Jaguars: Tim Lelito, Delvin Breaux grade out highest in win
By John Hendrix
The New Orleans Saints put together an impressive 38-27 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in their last home game of the season.
Here’s a look at the Saints snap count leaders and grades from Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, as per Pro Football Focus.
Snap Count Leaders – Offense
Max Unger, Terron Armstead, Tim Lelito, Jahri Evans, Drew Brees – 80
Andrus Peat – 77
Willie Snead – 74
Brandin Cooks, Tim Hightower – 51
Highest Grades – Offense
Tim Lelito, LG (+3.2)
Drew Brees, QB (+2.7)
Tim Hightower, RB (+2.3)
Terron Armstead, LT (+1.9)
Senio Kelemete, RG (+1.9, 22 snaps)
Lowest Grades – Offense
Jahri Evans, RG (-1.4)
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE (-1.2, 49 snaps)
Ben Watson, TE (-0.5, 42 snaps)
Snap Count Leaders – Defense
Stephone Anthony, Delvin Breaux, Jairus Byrd, Brandon Browner, Kenny Vaccaro – 57
Cam Jordan – 53
Ramon Humber – 45
Kyle Wilson – 43
Bobby Richardson – 36
Highest Grades – Defense
Delvin Breaux, CB (+4.9)
Kenny Vaccaro, S (+2.3)
John Jenkins, DT (+1.6, 33 snaps)
Tyeler Davison, DT (+1.4, 19 snaps)
Lowest Grades – Defense
Brandon Browner, CB (-2.7)
Cam Jordan, DE (-1.8)
Obum Gwacham, DE (-1.2, 19 snaps)
Kevin Williams, DT (-1.2, 24 snaps)
Other Stat Stories
- The Saints dominated the time of possession battle 37:53-22:07. The offense also won the first down battle 29-21.
- Dennis Allen’s defense gave up 7.9 yards per play on 57 total snaps. The Saints defense set the single season record for the most passing touchdowns allowed with a total of 43.
- The Saints offense finished 8-for-13 (61 percent) on 3rd down efficiency, and went 3-for-5 in the red zone.
- Final penalty count for the Saints: 5 penalties, 40 yards.
- Drew Brees went over 30 touchdowns for the year. He had his 7th career 400-yard passing game combo with 3 touchdowns, which is the most in NFL history.
- Brandin Cooks went over 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career after a 5 reception, 123 yard performance. Cooks also had his 9th touchdown of the season.
- Benjamin Watson only had 1 reception for 5 yards, but that was good for career highs in catches (68) and yardage (766).
- Willie Snead needs 51 yards in the last game to become the second Saints receiver to hit the 1,000-yard mark. The team had back-to-back 1,000-yard receivers in 2012 (Lance Moore and Marques Colston).
- Brandon Browner led the defense with 7 tackles, but was targeted seven times and torched for 6 receptions, 177 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
- Saints’ Delvin Breaux had his team leading 3rd interception, and finished giving up only 2 receptions for 4 yards on eight total targets.
The Saints (6-9) face the Atlanta Falcons (8-7) in the Week 17 season finale. The Falcons upset the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, ruining their perfect season. However, they’re out of playoff contention. The Saints look to avoid their first double-digit loss under Sean Payton, and the first double-digit losing se ason since 2005 (3-13).
For anyone interested, if the season were to end today, the Saints would be hosting the Chicago Bears and traveling to play the Dallas Cowboys in 2016 due to their position in the division.
The Saints now hold the 11th overall pick in the NFL Draft.