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RECAP: New Orleans Defense Produces Gem in 13-6 Victory over Jacksonville

Photo by Rick Wilson/Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE – The New Orleans Saints pushed their winning streak to four games Sunday at TIAA Bank Field with a 13-6 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“When you are inconsistent, and you can’t play well in all three phrases, it’s very difficult to win. You’ll be in some close games. You might come back and win, but it makes it difficult,” said Jacksonville head coach Doig Marrone. ” It starts with me. I’ve got to do a better job. I told the team [that] I like their effort, playing hard, we’ve just got to perform better, really.”

Tight end Jared Cook made the biggest catch of his brief Saints career when he hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass from QB Teddy Bridgewater with 11:45 to play for the winning points.

Jaguars’ kicker Josh Lambo converted two field goals.

With the offense struggling, the defense won the game, as end Cameron Jordan had two big sacks (tying him for third all-time in franchise history with 76.5) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore intercepted Jacksonville QB Gardner Minshew, the first time he had been intercepted in his short NFL career.

Minshew completed 14 of 29 passes for 163 yards.

The defense also forced an incompletion on fourth-and-two for the Jaguars on the Saints’ 40-yard line with 9:10 to play.

The defense held the Jags to 226 yards of offense and only allowed them to convert 4-of-14 third-down attempts. It was the third consecutive game the defense held an opponent to under 300 yards of offense.

“I told our defense I felt like if we had played eight quarters they wouldn’t have scored a touchdown today,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said at his postgame press conference.

Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette finished with 72 yards rushing, making it 32 consecutive games of the Saints not allowing an opposing player to rush for more than 100 yards.

The Jaguars (3-3) lost tight end Geoff Swaim to a concussion in the fourth quarter after he took a hard – but clean – hit from Saints linebacker Demario Davis after he a caught a pass on a crossing route.

Swaim was able to walk off the field.

Saints punter Thomas Morstead had six punts for 248 yards, with five of the punts leaving Jacksonville inside its 20-yard line.

Kicker Wil Lutz made both of his attempts, from 47 and 21 yards, which for most of the game was all of the Saints’ points.

Bridgewater threw eight completions to Michael Thomas for 89 yards.

The Jaguars defense held two-time Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara to 31 rushing yards on 11 carries. Jacksonville’s Tre Herndon posted a game-high and career-high nine tackles (six solo), including one tackle for loss.

Herndon is averaging 6.3 tackles per game in his four starts this season.

Najee Goode started for the Jags and totaled six tackles, including 1.0 sack, and added one pass defensed.

Goode’s six tackles matched his career-high in 2018, when he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Safety Andrew Wingard registered a special teams tackle in the first quarter and leads the the Jaguars with six special teams tackles this season.

The Saints improved to 5-1 and kept their one-game lead over the Carolina Panthers (4-2) in the NFC South even with franchise QB Drew Brees missing his fourth consecutive game while recovering from thumb surgery.

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