Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – 91.9 overall grade
Brees went 22-for-25 yesterday, but two of his three incompletions came from a dropped pass and a throwaway. From 25 pass attempts, Brees had just one true incompletion on the day. On throws 10-plus yards downfield, he was a perfect five-for-five for 109 yards and a touchdown, including two-for-two on throws 20+ yards downfield.
But the game’s biggest surprise was Ingram, who looked rejuvenated in his biggest rushing yards mark (104) since Nov. 19 of last year. Ingram’s burst and elusiveness were on full display as he rocketed through the Bengals defense.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints – 86.1 overall grade
Both Ingram and Kamara were fantastic in the win over the Bengals, but Ingram’s big plays get him the nod here. He rushed for 10 yards or more on three of his 13 carries and picked up four first downs on the day. On 16 total touches, he forced five missed tackles and racked up 162 yards.
The third and final Saints player to make this Team of the Week was free safety Marcus Williams, who snagged an interception and looked great in a big bounce-back game. What if Ingram and Williams are both getting back to their playmaking ways after some early-season struggles?
Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints – 91.1 overall grade
Williams has been up and down in his second season in the NFL, but he delivered his highest graded performance of the year in the big win over the Bengals. From 22 snaps in coverage, he was never the primary defender targeted in coverage on a play but still managed to come away with an interception.