Sunday’s 31-3 win over the Denver Broncos was a strange game for the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints defense, who is now holding opponents to the lowest yards per game, was tasked with facing a practice squad wide receiver at quarterback after all four of Broncos quarterbacks missed the game due to COVID-19 complications. As expected, the defense shined, and the Saints won their eighth game in a row, moving to 9-2 on the season. Here are five players who impressed.
Up: Demario Davis
Demario Davis continued to make an argument for defensive player of the year in Sunday’s win. The Saints team captain was all over the Broncos, finishing with seven solo tackles and nine total. Davis continues to be the anchor of a Saints defense that is absolutely smothering the run game, allowing just 76.6 rushing yards per game.
Denver tried to run on Demario Davis, and he responded with an ELITE 90.3 OVR grade to lead the #Saints D.— PFF NO Saints (@PFF_Saints) November 30, 2020
Davis also totaled a season-high 7 defensive stops ("losses" for the offense).
He has now earned a 92.1 grade over the last 3 weeks, best in the NFL among ALL DL & LB pic.twitter.com/KxqAuYYTVP
Up: Kwon Alexander
Kwon Alexander and Demario Davis have quickly formed one of the best linebacker duos in the league since the Saints acquired Alexander from the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 2nd. Alexander had two solo tackles, three total, and a fumble recovery that he nearly brought back for a touchdown. Good to know he’s fitting in with the team.
SACK.— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 29, 2020
SCOOP.@KWON #SAINTS take over! : Fox pic.twitter.com/ORLxLkaZ5u
Up: Latavius Murray
Latavius Murray had himself a game. Murray put the offense on his back with 19 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Murray’s highlight when he rushed through the gap and went untouched, thanks to some great blocking, for a 36-yard touchdown to put the Saints up 20. It was Murray’s first time finding the endzone since week 4 against the Lions.
Latavius Murray oh my goodness— PFF (@PFF) November 29, 2020
Up: C.J. Gardner-Johnson
C.J. Gardner-Johnson was as lockdown as it gets. Gardner-Johnson had one of the Saints’s two interceptions on the day, two pass deflections and completely shutdown who ever he covered.
Ceedy Duce!— PFF NO Saints (@PFF_Saints) December 1, 2020
CJ Gardner-Johnson earned a career-high 91.6 Coverage grade in the win over Denver.
You can't do much better than these numbers:
⚜️ 3 targets
⚜️ 0 catches
⚜️ 0 yards
⚜️ 1 INT
⚜️ 1 PBU
⚜️ 0.0 passer rating allowed#Saints #WhoDat pic.twitter.com/j6NGn6g8lO
Up: Cameron Jordan
Cameron Jordan was all over Broncos wide receiver turned quarterback Kendall Hinton. Jordan has two tackles for a loss of yards and a sack on the night. He also managed to hit Hinton four times. Jordan was an integral part of the Saints pass rush as per usual.
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