After a heartbreaking 30-27 loss to the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Saints head into their bye week, sitting pretty at 5-1. The Saints seemingly had the game won with just a little over two minutes remaining, but failed to seal the deal with uncharacteristic play from the team as a whole.
This game as a whole was a bit of a mixed bag, with the pass game stuck on ordinary, and the run game looking superb. The defense couldn't stop a nosebleed in the run game, but was extremely effective against the pass (until the very end).
Despite the loss, the Saints sit comfortably in first place, but now must keep pace with the elite of the elite to ensure home field throughout the playoffs.
The Saints have a ton of positives to hang their hats on. Conversely, there are areas where they should hang their heads as well.
Let's see who stood out in victory. Here are the complete roster grades from Week 6.
Note: Players are graded on the standard scale. Higher grades are given for splash plays (TDs, INTs, sacks, etc) and proper technique. Conversely, lower grades are given for turnovers and improper technique.