TB-NO Grades: Jameis Winston bounces back from debut

The top takeaways and the highest graded players from the New Orleans-Tampa Bay game.

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(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

TB-NO Grades: Jameis Winston bounces back from debut


Here are the top takeaways and the highest graded players from the New Orleans-Tampa Bay game:

New Orleans Saints

– Drew Brees (-3.1) graded under (-1.0) for just the fifth time in the last three seasons. His 68.4 accuracy percentage was his lowest since the Saints’ divisional playoff game back in 2013. The Buccaneers spent all game long dropping seven guys into coverage—they only blitzed once all game—and Brees was unable to pick them apart.

– LT Terron Armstead followed up a strong Week 1 showing (+2.8) with another good game against Tampa Bay. His +3.1 grade on Sunday was the fifth-best among OTs this week, and his +2.4 pass blocking grade was the second-highest.

– The entire starting secondary really struggled on Sunday. As a group, they compiled a -7.7 grade; CB Delvin Breaux led the group with a -1.4. Brandon Browner had a particularly rough game, as his -2.9 grade ranked him 79th among 84 cornerbacks in Week 2. Browner racked up three penalties against Tampa Bay, including a 40-yard pass interference penalty that set up the Bucs’ second touchdown.

Top performers:

LT Terron Armstead (+3.1)
DT Kevin Williams (+2.6)
WR Marques Colston (+1.6)
DE Akiem Hicks (+1.5)
DE Cameron Jordan (+1.3)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

– Jameis Winston bounced back from a disastrous week one debut (-9.3) with a positive game in New Orleans; his +3.1 overall grade this week ranked him seventh among all Week 2 QBs. Winston was wildly inaccurate in week one (his 55.2 percent accuracy percentage was dead last), but he improved upon that greatly in Week 2 with a 71.4 percent mark.

– LT Donovan Smith followed up a poor Week 1 performance (-3.1) with an even worse showing in week two. His -4.9 overall grade ranked him 54th among 62 OTs this week; he was particularly bad as a run blocker, where his -4.7 grade ranked 60th.

– CB Johnthan Banks had a great game on Sunday. His +2.8 overall grade was the second-highest among cornerbacks, and he played well both in coverage (+1.5) and against the run (+1.2). Banks was thrown at just twice, allowing only one catch, where he made a great play to keep Willie Snead out of the end zone on a two-point conversion attempt.

Top performers:

QB Jameis Winston (+3.1)
CB Johnathan Banks (+2.8)
FS Chris Conte (+2.2)
HB Charles Sims (+2.0)
DT Gerald McCoy (+1.6)
SS Bradley McDougald (+1.6)

  • ancienthunter

    How did winston have so much time to pass yet the saints DE’s and DT got positive grades? Sorry I am new to PFF and trying to understand the grading.

    • Guy who can’t connect to PSN

      Good run defense. They all had negative pass rushing grades.

      • ancienthunter

        Where can you see the full grade list?

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          gotta subscribe

        • Guy who can’t connect to PSN

          Premium stats tab

  • tamp2bucsforever

    Tampa Bays Jacquies Smith had 3 sacks vs Saints yesterday? Premium Stats only indicate 1. NFL.com confirms?

    • Guy who can’t connect to PSN

      They do not count forcing a QB to fumble as a sack like the NFL does.

      Seems they also don’t consider forcing a QB to fumble as a “QB Hit” either as Jacq isn’t shown with any of those as well.

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