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In That Number: Where the Saints rank after Week 12

November 29, 2018 - 7:45 am
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By: Jordan Fiegel

The New Orleans Saints carved up the Atlanta Falcons on Thanksgiving for a 31-17, improving to 10-1. It was a quality win over a divisional rival, though not at the level of the blowouts Saints fans had watched the previous two weeks.

Here’s where the Saints rank after Week 10.

Offense

Scoring Offense: 37.2 points/game, #1

While the average dropped a tick (down from 37.8) after scoring 31 against the Falcons, the Saints remained #1. It marks the fifth straight game in which New Orleans has scored at least 30 points and the ninth time all season.

Total Offense: 416.6 yards/game, #5

The Saints only gained 312 yards against Atlanta, so they dropped a bit here. However, they only moved down one spot, to #5; and they still managed a double digit win. The Thursday night game against Dallas could present a challenge, as the Cowboys have the #7 total defense in the league.

Passing Offense: 283.5 yards/game, #6

It was another sub-200 yard game for Drew Brees, though he was efficient, completing 68% of his passes and tossing 4 touchdowns. The Saints' average lost 13.2 yards per game from last week's, but they stood still at the #6 spot.

Rushing Offense: 133.1 yards/game, #7

While the pass yards were fairly sparse, the rushing attack had another big game. New Orleans ran for 150 yards and bumped their average up a couple yards. Despite that, other teams had bigger days; and the Saints actually moved down one rung on the ladder to #7.

Defense

Scoring Defense: 23.3 points/game, #15

New Orleans remains in the middle of the pack. The Saints gave up just 17 points to the Dirty Birds. The defense has been on a roll lately, holding opponents to under 20 points in the their last three games. They face a Dallas offense that ranks in the bottom half of the league.

Total Defense: 358.9 yards/game, #15

The Saints entered the game on Thanksgiving giving up 358.2 yards per game. They gave up 366 yards. While allowing slightly more than their average, it was good enough to lower them to #15 in the NFL.

Passing Defense: 285.7 yards/game, #30

New Orleans allowed around their average total yards per game, but it was a tale of two stats. The Falcons threw for 340 yards, and the Saints fell from #27 to #30. One thing to keep in mind is that the Falcons were down for the majority of the game and had to pass 47 times, so the defense gave up more yards through the air.

Rushing Defense: 73.2 yards/game, #1

Back on top! The Saints shut down any semblance of a run game for Atlanta, holding them to a mere 26 yards on 16 attempts. After the Eagles game, the Saints run defense had slipped to #2 with the Chicago Bears claiming the top ranking. That certainly changed, and the Saints opened up a little bit of a margin between the two (the Bears are allowing 80.8 yards per game).

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