Defensive line: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
This one was so close that I wanted to call it a draw. The two teams are identical in sacks and are very close in quarterback hits, most of which coming from the defensive line of both teams.
The Jaguars have some talented defensive lineman and it is the strongest area of the team. When they are firing on all cylinders, they are dangerous.
However, the one thing that swayed it in the Saints’ favor is the fact that most of the sacks and quarterback hits came in one huge outburst against a Tennessee Titans team that leads the league in sacks allowed, whereas the Saints’ defensive line has been more consistent.
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Linebackers: Advantage, Jacksonville Jaguars
Myles Jack is the best linebacker on the field in this game. While the Saints have some talked backers, the advantage goes to the Jaguars.
Demario Davis is not far behind Jack and you could absolutely make the case for him being better than Jack, although I still give it to Jack. Very narrowly, the Jaguars get the edge.
Cornerbacks: Advantage, Jacksonville Jaguars (Tentatively)
If Jalen Ramsey plays in this game then the advantage goes to the Jaguars. If not, it probably reverses back to the Saints.
Marshon Lattimore has been really good the last two weeks against two elite receivers after a poor start to the season, restoring Saint fans’ trust in him. However, Lattimore has struggled against lesser wide receivers in the past, which could be worrisome today.
The difference really lies with the second-best corners on each team. Eli Apple has been underwhelming this year. A.J. Bouye ranks better in coverage rating, catch-rate and passer rating allowed, all courtesy of the advanced stats on Player Profiler.
Safeties: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
Ronnie Harrison is questionable for this game but even if he plays, the Saints still have the edge. The Jaguars’ safeties are yet to force any turnovers this year and have a total of just three pass deflections.
Even if Ramsey plays, it will be the safeties on the Saints that even out the overall outlook of the secondary between the two teams.