NFL Game Recap - New Orleans at Jacksonville
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

NYG
14
NE
35
F
CAR
37
TB
26
F
PHI
20
MIN
38
F
WAS
17
MIA
16
F
HOU
31
KC
24
F
NO
13
JAX
6
F
SEA
32
CLE
28
F
CIN
17
BAL
23
F
SF
20
LAR
7
F
ATL
33
ARI
34
F
DAL
22
NYJ
24
F
TEN
0
DEN
16
F
PIT
24
LAC
17
F
DET
22
GB
23
F

Oct 13, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

New Orleans (5-1)

3

0

3

7

13

Jacksonville (2-4)

0

3

3

0

6

Saints quiet Minshew Mania, handle Jaguars 13-6
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:08 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Minshew Mania didn't have a prayer against New Orleans.

Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew was harassed, hurried and humbled in a 13-6 loss to the Saints on Sunday, his worst performance of the season coming just a few hours after Pope Francis accidentally tweeted support for the visiting team.

"Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new (hash)Saints," Pope Francis tweeted. "They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession."

The hashtag and capitalization inadvertently added the Fleur de Lis, the emblem associated with the Saints and worn on their helmets. It was widely regarded as a good omen for New Orleans.

The Saints (5-1) took it from there, holding Minshew without a touchdown pass for the first time in six games and limiting the Jaguars (2-4) to a season-low 226 yards.

"I told our defense I felt like if they played eight quarters they were not going to score a touchdown today," Saints coach Sean Payton said.

The Saints retweeted the pope after their fourth consecutive victory, saying "Couldn't lose after this. (hash)Blessed and highly favored."

New Orleans kept Minshew in the pocket while still getting pressure and did an equally impressive job on the AFC's leading receiver, DJ Chark. Marshon Lattimore shadowed Chark and got safety help over the top. Chark managed three receptions for 43 yards against bracket coverage.

Minshew, who threw for 374 yards last week, finished 14 of 29 passing for 163 yards and an interception. He was sacked twice and scrambled two times for a yard.

"It's just about showing different looks, trying to confuse him into throwing us the ball," Saints cornerback Eli Apple said. "He did that in the second half."

Teddy Bridgewater delivered the decisive play in a defensive game. He found Jared Cook for a 4-yard touchdown early in the fourth, putting the Saints ahead for good and helping them improve to 4-0 without injured star Drew Brees.

Coming off a 300-yard, four-touchdown performance against Tampa Bay, Bridgewater was less effective against the Jaguars. He missed wide-open receivers Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn for would-be touchdowns.

But he did enough for New Orleans' defense, which turned Minshew Mania into mush.

The worst outing of Minshew's young career came on the same day the team, in conjunction with the NFL, handed out 30,000 "Minshew mustaches" as fans entered the gates.

"It was a tough day; they're a good team," Minshew said. "I missed some balls I can't miss."

With the pope tweeting about the Saints, what chance did Minshew really have? It didn't help that he played with a sore groin and a brace on his left knee.

Minshew sat slumped in the bowels of the stadium, grass stains covering his white pants, a hole ripped in his undershirt and a smoothie in hand. But he made no excuses.

"We've got enough guys to make plays and we're going to do better," he said.

KNOCKOUT HIT

Saints linebacker Demario Davis delivered a knockout hit on tight end Geoff Swaim in the fourth. Swaim was seemingly unconscious as he hit the ground. Team trainers and paramedics rushed to his side. Davis knelt next to Swaim and removed his helmet.

Swaim eventually walked off the field without assistance. He was placed in the league's concussion protocol.

"I know he was able to walk off the field, but you don't know what the residuals are," said Davis, who grew up in the same Mississippi city as Minshew. "It's a bang-bang league. Sometimes those unfortunate hits happen, and we don't like them."

RAMSEY INACTIVE

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was inactive for the third consecutive week because of an apparent back injury. Ramsey was ruled out three days after owner Shad Khan said he expected the disgruntled defender to play against the Saints.

HOMECOMING GAME

Jacksonville recognized more than 80 former players before the game and honored the team's top 25 players from its 25 years of existence at halftime. Left tackle Tony Boselli, running back Fred Taylor and receiver Jimmy Smith got the biggest ovations during the ceremony.

LINEUP TWEAK

Jacksonville kept rookie linebacker Quincy Williams on the bench. Williams was taken out in the fourth quarter of last week's loss at Carolina. The third-round draft pick was out of position on many plays as the Panthers ran for 285 yards, the second most in Jacksonville's history. Veteran backup Najee Goode started in his place.

KEY INJURIES

Saints running back Alvin Kamara tweaked a knee late but is expected to be fine. ... Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee, who missed all of last season after tearing three ligaments in his left knee, injured his right foot/ankle in the third quarter and had to be helped to the locker room. ... Jaguars cornerback D.J. Hayden left in the fourth and was evaluated for a concussion.

UP NEXT

Saints play at Chicago next Sunday. New Orleans has won the past four meetings.

Jaguars play at Cincinnati next Sunday. The Bengals have won four of the past five meetings.

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Passing

NO Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
T. Bridgewater 36 24 66.7 1 240 27 0 94.7 3
JAX Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
G. Minshew II 29 14 48.3 0 163 23 1 51.4 2

Rushing

NO Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Murray 8 44 5.5 15 0
A. Kamara 11 31 2.8 7 0
JAX Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Fournette 20 72 3.6 16 0
M. Lee 1 1 1.0 1 0

Receiving

NO Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Thomas 8 89 11.1 26 0
J. Cook 3 37 12.3 20 1
JAX Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Westbrook 3 53 17.7 23 0
L. Fournette 6 46 7.7 10 0

Team Stats Comparison

NO JAX
Points For 13 6
Total Yards 326 226
Rushing Yards 104 75
Passing Yards 222 151
Passing Completions / Attempts 24/36 14/29
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 0/0
First Downs 18 11
Rushing Touchdowns 0 0
Passing Touchdowns 1 0
Penalties - Yards 3/35 2/15
Time Of Possession 33:09 26:51
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/13 4/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 0/1
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 1/3 0/2
Sacks Against 3 2
Punts - Average Yards 6/42 5/49
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 2/6 1/0
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 1/21 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NO JAX
NO 12:31 FG Wil Lutz 47 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter NO JAX
JAX 12:19 FG Josh Lambo 22 yd FG 3 3
3rd Quarter NO JAX
NO 6:20 FG Wil Lutz 21 yd FG 6 3
JAX 11:49 FG Josh Lambo 32 yd FG 6 6
4th Quarter NO JAX
NO 3:11 TD Jared Cook 4 yd pass from Teddy Bridgewater (Wil Lutz kick) 13 6

Game Information

Stadium: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Attendance: 64,341
Game Time: 2:52
Weather: