- After missing Week 7, Andrus Peat played all 76 snaps back at left guard and graded well at 80.7 overall. He graded positively as a run blocker for the third-straight game, while in the passing game Peat allowed only one pressure in 41 pass blocking snaps.
- Just three of QB Drew Brees’ 27 completions came on passes thrown more than 10 yards downfield, while he was 1-for-3 on deep shots.
- The Saints continue to avoid pressure better than any other team, in part due to a quick release; Brees was pressured on only 13.5 percent of his dropbacks against Seattle, below his league-low average of 20 percent. Through eight weeks Brees averages a league-low 2.27 seconds in the pocket.
- With Mark Ingram benched six snaps in, Tim Hightower saw a season-high 47 snaps, up from his previous high of 10. He finished below-average overall after several misses in pass protection.
- Max Unger (75.7) had a solid game against his former team. He graded slightly below-average in the run game for the fourth-straight game, but made up for it with another perfect game in pass protection. Through eight weeks, he’s allowed the fewest pressures (1) of any center in the NFL.
- The Saints defense averaged pressure on 28 percent of opponent’s dropbacks through the first seven weeks, but got to Wilson slightly more often – 30% of his 40 dropbacks – but only one of those plays resulted in a sack. For the season only three defenses have a lower sack rate.
- After just an average game against the Chiefs, DE Cam Jordan bounced back with a team-high 83.5 overall grade. He collected seven pressures and a batted pass on 39 rushes.
- Safety Kenny Vaccaro graded well once again at 78.2 overall. He’s been more solid than spectacular, but has consistently graded above-average overall. Against Seattle finished with two defensive stops and surrendered only 18 yards in coverage (three targets). On the season Vaccaro has the eighth-best overall grade at the position.
- DT John Jenkins has seen his two lowest snap counts of the season over the last two weeks. He played 11 snaps against Seattle, with no pressures and a negative run defense grade in that span.
- Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe managed 18 snaps in his first action of the regular season, but didn’t stand out much either way in that time. He went even in run defense, while in coverage he allowed two catches for eight yards, getting a stop on one of those plays.
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— Gene Higginbotham (@G_Higg) October 31, 2016