If New Orleans Saints rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro had to choose, then yeah, it's fair to say his performance in last Sunday's 31-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers was probably his best of the season. It certainly got the most attention, since he made a handful of highlight plays on national television. But Vaccaro said his previous best performance probably came six nights earlier. It just wasn't much to boast about since the Saints lost 34-7 to the Seattle Seahawks. Regardless of who's been paying attention, this is clearly a positive trend for the Saints. Although Vaccaro made his biggest play of the season in Week 1 -- tipping a pass away from Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez in the end zone in the final seconds -- he's playing his best overall football in December. "I think (the Carolina game) was my best game as far as coverage-wise and being physical. I think it was just a complete game for me. And it was one of those games where it was a prime-time game with two teams with the same record. So everything gets (magnified)," said the Saints' first-round draft pick from Texas, who has been a huge asset to the Saints as an every-down player this year because he does a little bit of everything in pass coverage, against the run and as a blitzer. For what it's worth, I personally thought this past game was Vaccaro's best after reviewing the game tape. He made at least two big plays in coverage while lining up against dangerous Panthers receiver Steve Smith in the slot. He made two particularly good open-field tackles and finished with four "stops" according to Pro Football Focus -- meaning a solo tackle that resulted in an offensive failure. Vaccaro also helped force a punt with pressure on a third-down blitz.
Kenny Vaccaro playing his best in December
ESPN | Dec 13