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In That Number: Where the Saints rank after Week 9

November 14, 2018 - 2:51 pm
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by: Jordan Fiegel

The New Orleans Saints dominated both sides of the ball in their 51-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and the new team stats reflect it.

After Week 9, here’s where the Saints rank in the NFL.​

Offense

Scoring Offense: 36.7 points/game, #1

THEY’RE #1!  THEY’RE #1!  The Saints 51 points against the Bengals vaulted them into the top spot over the Kansas City Chiefs.  The Black and Gold added almost 2 whole points to their average.

Total Offense: 413.9 yards/game, #5

The Saints offense moved on up in this category, too, after gaining 509 yards against Cincinnati.  New Orleans is now one of five teams averaging more than 410 yards per game.

Passing Offense: 287.1 yards/game, #7

Despite the offensive output, this average actually dropped a tick.  Drew Brees was amazing, tossing three touchdowns while completing 88% of his throws; but his 265 passing yards were below his season average.  With the final scoreboard, I don’t think anyone minds.

Rushing Offense: 126.8 yards/game, #8

For the third straight year, the Saints rushed for 240+ yards in early November.  They racked up 244 yards against the Bengals, with Mark Ingram leading the way with 104 yards on the ground.  Going into the game, the Black and Gold were averaging 112.1 yards per game and were #15.  Now they’re top 10.

Defense

Scoring Defense: 25.8 points/game, T-#23

New Orleans gave up just 14 points, and the final 7 didn’t come until the waning minutes of the game.  It was the lowest point total since allowing 18 points against Cleveland in Week 2.

Total Defense: 376.2 yards/game, T-#23

The Fleur de Lis D saw a nice little drop in their yards per game allowed and a corresponding rise in the rankings.  The 284 yards allowed marked the second time the defense has held an opponent under 300 yards (Washington gained 283 yards).

Passing Defense: 296.3 yards/game, #31

The gains made here were the most impressive.  While the Saints didn’t budge from the #31 spot, Cincinnati’s 174 passing yards were, by far, the fewest allowed all season.  The next lowest were the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants (both with 234 yards).  The performance was good enough to drop the season average below 300 yards per game (it was 311.4 yards per game last week).

Rushing Defense: 80.1 yards/game, #1

The Saints keep ahold of their #1 ranking, but the gap is narrowing.  The yards per game has crept up the last couple weeks, and now the Chicago Bears are less than 4 yards per game away from seizing the top spot.  Again, though, no one will mind if the Saints keep winning.

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