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In That Number: Where the Saints rank after Week 7

October 24, 2018 - 2:22 pm
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By Jordan Fiegel, WWL Radio

The New Orleans Saints high-powered offense ran into the Baltimore Ravens and their #1 defense.  The Black and Gold racked up 339 yards and scored 24 points, below their season averages but above the season averages for the Ravens.

After Week 7 – and six games – here’s where the Saints rank in the NFL.

Offense

Scoring: 34 points/game, #2

In Sean Payton’s 12 years as head coach, the Saints have had a top 10 scoring offense in 10 of them.  They’ve had a top 5 scoring offense in 5 of them.  So it should be no surprise New Orleans is scoring a lot of points this year.  Only the Kansas City Chiefs are averaging more points per game.

Total Yards: 409.8 yards/game, #6

With Drew Brees at quarterback, the Saints will always be near the top of the pack.  And sure enough, that’s where we find them.

New Orleans is averaging 409.8 yards per game, good for #6th in the nation.  Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, and Pittsburgh Steelers are all ahead of the Saints.  However, the Saints sport a better record than all but two of those teams.

Passing Yards: 301.5 yards/game, #6

Again, when Drew Brees is your quarterback, your team will find itself ranked pretty highly in passing yards.  Brees has been incredible – like usual – this season.  He’s completing 77.3% of his passes – most in the NFL – and has a passer rating of 121.6 – again, most in the NFL.  Brees has thrown the ball 220 times and has zero interceptions.  No other qualifying quarterback can say the same.

Rushing Yards: 108.3 yards/game, #16

The running game hasn’t been quite as potent this year.  Last year, the Saints had a top 5 rushing attack; this year, they’re in the middle of the pack.  New Orleans was without Mark Ingram for the first four game, so this number could start to climb back up as he gets back into the swing of things.

Defense

Scoring: 27.2 points/game, #27

It’s been a bit more of an adventure on the defensive side.  The Saints are giving up just north of 27 points per game, though that number is affected by the 41 points allowed against Tampa Bay (not counting the 7 points scored on a Mike Gillislee fumble).  Minus that game, the Saints are allowing 23 points per game.  That would vault the Saints up to #12.

Total Yards: 366 yards/game, #17

The Saints are in the middle of the pack here, too.  Combined with their potent offense, it’s been a recipe for success so far.  This will be a tale of two stats, however.

Passing Yards:  293.7 yards/game, #28

The Saints find themselves way down in the rankings.  The secondary has struggled at times, and the Saints have been looking for a cornerback to play opposite Marshon Lattimore.  To that end, the Black and Gold traded for New York Giants CB Eli Apple Tuesday.

Rushing Yards: 72.3 yards/game, #1

While the pass defense is near the bottom, the run defense is all the way at the top.  In the past 3 seasons, the Saints have finished #17, #27, and #31.  New Orleans has allowed just one opponent – the Buccaneers – to rush over 100 yards. 

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