The New Orleans Saints' performance report card from their victory over the Washington Football Team on Sunday, Oct. 10.
- Winston recorded a 15/30 (50%), 279 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, 1 Fumble, and 108.2 QBR performance against Washington.
- To be fair, Winston's interception and fumble were results of poor blocking from two stalwarts - Ramczyk and Peat.
- Ball security and 50% throwing could have contributed in a much lower grade, but in WINSTON BALL, it's not weighed as heavily.
- Taysom Hill's injury (concussion) could be an issue going forward.
Running Backs (B)
- Kamara was the main bellcow after the injuries to Tony Jones Jr. and Dwayne Washington was dinged up in the game.
- Kamara Rushing: 71 yards off of 16 carries and 1 touchdown scamper.
- Finally got him involved in the passing attack.
- Winston had Kamara open several times underneath where the All-Pro running back could've inflicted more damage on Washington.
- Even after the bye week, the offense should continue to run through Kamara.
- Marquez Callaway, Alvin Kamara, and Deonte Harris found the endzone in the passing game.
- Winston's bombs to Callaway and Harris were backbreakers for WFT.
- The tight ends again were not a factor. Although Trautman's 32-yard reception setup the Saints into scoring position in the 4th quarter. Johnson was targeted once. Better blocking for the tight ends in Week 5.
- Kamara Receiving: 5 receptions on 8 targets (a couple of drops), 51 yards, and 1 touchdown.
Offensive Line (C)
- What's going on with Ramczyk is highly alarming. For four games, the newly-minted high-dollar OT is getting pushed around by speed rushers.
- Peat stepped on Winston's foot and contributed to the intercepted pass.
- If McCoy and Armstead can return in a few weeks, the o-line will rebound.
- Throckmorton, Clapp, and Hurst have done their best considering the injuries.
Defensive Line (B-)
- Cam Jordan has a five-game sack drought. RED FLAG
- Besides 3 QB hits from linebacker Demario Davis, the defensive line could only sack Heinicke once (Granderson), and register 5 QB hits (Kapassagnon-2, Granderson-2, Jordan-1).
- No 100-yard rusher. Still, the WFT rushers has 33 carries for 131 yards for a 4.0 yards/carry average and 2 touchdowns.
Defensive Backs (B-); Lattimore (A-)
- Lattimore was outstanding with six passes defended against McLaurin.
- 12 passes defended as a unit.
- 2 interceptions (Paulson Adebo and P.J. Williams)
- Adebo notched his second interception of the season. Both within the redzone.
- Safeties were up and down at times. Gardner-Johnson has not had a "Ceedy Duce" type game in quite some time.
- Cudos to the Rook! Another double-digit tackling game by the rookie Pete Werner. Last week 10 tackles, this week 13 tackles.
- Demario is Demario: 8 tackles, 1 sack, 3 QB Hits, 1 TFL
- Both Davis and Werner had a so-so day in pass coverage, Demario was flagged once with a PI, but an above-average outing.
SPECIAL TEAMS (B); Blake Gillikin (A+++)
- New nickname for P Blake Gillikin: "PIN'EM DEEP GILLIKIN!"
- Gillikin saved the Saints by giving Washington poor field position. 3 punts were downed - not inside the 20- or 10-yard lines - but the inside the five-yard line!
- He totaled 268 yards and his five punts averaged 53.6 yards. The longest was 60 yards.
- Harris had one kickoff return for 26 yards, Kamara caught 3 punts and returned 29 yards.
- Parkey missed 2-of-3 extra points, which could have been costly in a tight contest.
- The game plan was not complex, but it worked.
- Sean Payton is adapting to Winston; but...the offense was out of sync at times.
- It was the second-consecutive week Coach Payton had a late play relayed to Winston that resulted in a penalty. Another late call forced a timeout.
- More adaptation: Winston's clear miss of Hogan on a third-down play is an example the Saints QB is not as accurate as Brees - HOWEVER - Brees wasn't as accurate as Winston downfield.
- Payton lost a challenge. Not a surprise.
- Would he be forced to find another kicker this week after Parkey's two extra-point misses.
- 4-of-11 in 3rd down efficiency was 4