Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Final Grade: B
The defense allowed a meager 240 passing yards to Drew Brees.
The starting corners minimized New Orleans' weapons and created Kansas City's first turnover of the 2012 season.
Brandon Flowers: B
The Chiefs cornerback continues to be a model of consistency. Although Devery Henderson recorded an early 36-yard reception behind Flowers, it appeared to be attributed to miscommunication with the safety who offered no help over the top.
Excluding the deep strike to Henderson, New Orleans rarely tested its luck with Flowers throughout the remainder of the matchup.
Brees is conscious of No. 24's stingy reputation and knew that his best bet was to test the Chiefs safeties and linebackers.
Abram Elam: C
At times, Elam—filling in for the injured Kendrick Lewis—commits mental errors stemming from pre-snap reads. In other instances, it's apparent that he simply lacks the agility and speed to effectively close distances.
One example occurred when Pierre Thomas lined up in the slot. Javier Arenas stood across from him before the snap but darted after Drew Brees when the play went live. Elam was the only possible defender that could take the task of guarding Thomas when Arenas blitzed.
Instead, he shuffled towards the opposite end of the field then backtracked when Jimmy Graham strolled past him. The result was Thomas left alone on a private island. The touchdown was eventually overturned and ruled an incomplete pass, but it exemplified just how costly Elam's pre-snap errors can be.
Eric Berry: B+
The hard-hitting safety finished second on the team with eight tackles—one behind the line of scrimmage.
Berry seems to be getting more comfortable with each contest while regaining trust in his reconstructed knee. He also appears to add an additional coat of polish to his coverage skills.
In his rookie year, No. 29 became a playmaking machine in the second half of the season. A similar feeling-out process may be required before he reverts to his Pro Bowl form.
However, he took a couple of steps in the right direction against the Saints. Berry accumulated three more tackles on Sunday than his first two contests combined.
Stanford Routt: A
In the last two weeks, Routt has performed superbly.
Drew Brees rolled the dice and attempted to beat the cornerback, but the pass didn't have enough arc on it.
Routt, who was running stride-for-stride with his target, easily picked the pass off and shifted the momentum back in Kansas City's favor.