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Refocused: New Orleans Saints 34, Washington Redskins 31

By PFF Analysis Team
Nov 19, 2017

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Nov 19, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) signals for a first down during overtime of a game against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Redskins 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Never count out Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, a lesson learned the hard way by the Washington Redskins on Sunday, as the Saints erased a 15-point deficit with just 6:00 minutes left to play to eventually win 34-31 over Washington and improve to 8-2 on the season.

After Washington’s Kirk Cousins hit his third touchdown of the day with 6:03 left in the final quarter of play, Redskins fans were certainly counting on a victory. However, Brees had other plans, orchestrating two quick touchdown drives, capped by a passing touchdown, including a heart-stopping touchdown catch from rookie sensation RB Alvin Kamara that cut the lead to two points.

Brees hit Kamara out of the backfield, on a pass in which Kamara bobbled before ultimately catching and making three defenders miss on his way to the end zone to push the score to 31-29 in favor of the Redskins. Kamara then ran in the two-point conversion, and the game was headed to overtime.

Undone by a penalty on their first possession of overtime, the Redskins were forced to punt away and Brees again led the Saints in scoring position, this time a game-winning Will Lutz 28-yard field goal, and with that, we give you our PFF exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team.

Top 5 Grades:

Edge Alex Okafor, 89.5 overall grade

G Andrus Peat, 83.3 overall grade

QB Drew Brees, 81.5 overall grade

TE Coby Fleener, 81.0 overall grade

Edge Cameron Jordan, 80.6 overall grade

Performances of Note:

QB Drew Brees81.5 overall grade

Brees was lights out when throwing over the middle of the field Sunday. On passes targeted between the numbers, he went 18-21 for 257 yards and a touchdown.

Andrus Peat83.3 overall grade

Peat had the second-highest graded game of his young career in this one. In 48 pass-blocking snaps he allowed only one hurry.

Edge Alex Okafor89.5 overall grade

Okafor had a dominant day off the edge. He picked up seven run stops on only 22 snaps against the run and registered six pressures.

CB P.J. Williams, 56.5 overall grade

The Saints secondary reverted back to their early season form on a handful of snaps Sunday. They had a handful of miscommunications that led to multiple touchdowns. Williams himself struggled, giving up all three of his targets for 43 yards and committing two penalties.

Top 5 Grades:

CB Bashaud Breeland, 90.4 overall grade

G Brandon Scherff, 89.0 overall grade

QB Kirk Cousins, 84.7 overall grade

C Chase Roullier, 84.4 overall grade

CB Kendall Fuller, 81.3 overall grade

Performances of Note:

QB Kirk Cousins84.7 overall grade

There weren’t many holes to poke in Cousins performance. He only whiffed on a handful of passes all game long. On seven deep passing attempts, he completed four for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Chase Roullier84.4 overall grade

After a few ugly outings in relief of Spencer Long, Roullier looked back to his Wyoming form. He didn’t allow a single pressure and handled his own in the run game.

CB Bashaud Breeland90.4 overall grade

Breeland was picked on quite frequently by Drew Brees and held his own. The Redskins corner was targeted 11 times and yielded only six catches for 58 yards. He also broke up three passes in a superb performance.

S DeAngelo Hall, 24.6 overall grade

Hall’s day was about as bad as it gets for a safety. He missed three of his eight tackle attempts and allowed all four of his targets to be completed for 67 yards and a touchdown.

PFF Game Ball: Alex Okafor, Edge

Alex Okafor, edge defender, New Orleans Saints

*Grades are subject to change upon review

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