The New Orleans Saints were without cornerback Marshon Lattimore and going against an explosive Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense. The Saints proceeded to hold the Bucs to their lowest passing output since...the last time the Saints and Bucs played.
“I thought the secondary played with a lot of confidence,” Bobby Hebert said. “That's going to pay dividends going forward. I think Tampa Bay had the best one-two punch at wide receiver with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.”
It wasn't any one player either, according to Hebert; it was a team effort.
P.J. Williams is playing with a little swagger,” Hebert continued. “Vonn Bell got the first interception of his career. Marcus Williams hauled in a pick. And Eli Apple didn't get a pick, but he played well. He's living up to expectations. Then you throw in the rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.”
The Saints defensive backs combined for three interceptions – linebacker Demario Davis had the fourth one – and seven pass deflections. Their strong play was aided by a ferocious Saints pass rush.
“We got pressure on Jameis Winston on the edges,” Hebert explained. “In these two games against Tampa this year, we've really got after Jameis and forced him into some mistakes.”
The Saints sacked Winston twice and recorded 12 QB hits. Defensive end Cam Jordan was his usual disruptive self with 1.5 sacks and 4 QB hits; on the other side of the line, Trey Hendrickson landed 2 QB hits. Marcus Davenport, David Onyemata, and Sheldon Rankins each had 1 as well.