NO-SD grades: Cameron Jordan leads impressive front-seven effort by Saints

Highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Saints' Week 4 win over the Chargers.

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NO-SD grades: Cameron Jordan leads impressive front-seven effort by Saints

New Orleans Saints 35, San Diego Chargers 34

Here are the highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Saints’ 35-34 win over the Chargers in San Diego.

New Orleans Saints

Quarterback Grade: Drew Brees, 48.3 

Saints get by with poor performance by Brees 

Drew Brees looked fine in the first half, taking the Saints on two long drives down the field, both ending in touchdowns. On throws 10 yards or more downfield, however, the QB was three-for-eight; he did not even attempt a pass 20 yards downfield.

Top offensive grades

FB John Kuhn, 84.8

LT Andrus Peat, 84.0

RT Zach Strief, 83.8

LG Tim Lelito, 75.4

LG Landon Turner 72.8

FB John Kuhn makes most of opportunities

Fullback John Kuhn was only in for short-yardage situations for the Saints, but when he was on the field, he made his impact felt, converting two third-and-ones and scoring two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with two minutes to go.

Top defensive grades

DE Cameron Jordan, 86.3

DT Nick Fairley, 85.8

LB Craig Robertson, 83.8

DE Darryl Tapp, 80.9

CB Sterling Moore, 79.7

Defense has a field day against poor San Diego offensive line

It was a fantastic day for the front-seven of the Saints, as almost every starter graded well. They were led by Cameron Jordan, who had a sack, hit, and two hurries, but was even more impressive against the run, where he earned a 91.1 grade. Interior defender Nick Fairley also had a monster game, as he was nearly unblockable when rushing the passer. He finished the day with two sacks, a hit, and two hurries.

San Diego Chargers

Quarterback grade: Philip Rivers, 66.6 

Unspectacular game from Rivers not enough to carry team

There were far worse problems with the Chargers’ offense than Philip Rivers, but he didn’t do his team any favors, either. He especially struggled when under pressure, completing just 6-of-12 passes for 61 yards and an interception. He had a couple impressive deep balls, as he connected on two of them for 77 yards and two touchdowns, although he did have that late-game interception on another.

Top offensive grades:

RG Spencer Pulley, 76.5

WR Dontrelle Inman, 75.2

C Matt Slauson, 71.9

TE Hunter Henry, 71.0

LT Tyreek Burwell, 68.5

Tough day for Chargers run game

While RB Melvin Gordon was effective catching passes, he made next to no impact in the run game, as he carried the ball 19 times and gained just 36 yards, earning a 46.5 grade. He forced just one missed tackle and fumbled. He didn’t get much help from his line, either, as 35 of those 36 yards came after contact.

Top defensive grades

S Adrian Phillips, 80.5

S Dexter McCoil, 79.9

DE Corey Liuget, 77.6

S Dwight Lowery, 77.4

CB Jason Verrett 74.5

Safeties stymie deep passing game

The Chargers’ safeties stayed back all game and played very well throughout. Brees did not even attempt one pass over 20 yards, showing that the defensive game plan was to shut down the downfield passing attack of the Saints. If not for the offense fumbling away the game, the effort would have been good enough for a win. 

PFF Game-Ball Winner: Saints DE Cameron Jordan 

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  • Rodrigo Campos Pedro

    Man the Chargers do seem like a capable team at times.
    But injuries and the fact that some teams just seem to like losing games at times don’t let them move.

  • Michael Burry

    That int was on 4th and 22, what was he supposed to do, take a sack?

    • John

      Rivers played a great game considering the injuries he had at Wr and rb with Danny woodhead.

  • dgknj

    Rivers played a great game. The interception was on 4th and 22 after a previous drop on the prior play. How does this game reviewer not provide context?

    These game grades are horrific with Rivers. He was brilliant against Jax and got a terrible grade. He was mediocre against Indy and got a strong grade. He was great yesterday and got a mediocre grade.

    Chargers fans literally think the graders are inept.

  • Chris

    Chargers were out 5 starters on offense going into this game, then had 2 more injuries during the game. PR played well above a 66 rating, this is yet another complete joke of a rating for him. And it all fairness, you aren’t giving enough credit to a fairly talented Saints defense that includes Jordan, Fairley, Kruger, Laurinaitis, Byrd and some quality young talent in Vaccaro (1st round), Anthony, (1st round), Bell (2nd round) and PJ (3rd round).

  • Brickfinger

    Kuhhhhhhhhhnnnnnnnn! didn’t get 3 touch downs did he?

    There’s a rumour he did…