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In That Number: Where the Saints rank after Week 8

November 08, 2018 - 12:58 pm
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The New Orleans Saints lit up the scoreboard, scoring 45 points against the Los Angeles Rams.  The Rams also lit up the scoreboard, scoring 35 points.  So we've got some movement in the rankings on both sides of the ball for the Black and Gold.

After Week 8, here’s where the Saints rank in the NFL.​

Offense

Scoring Offense: 34.9 points/game, #2

The Saints jumped a whole point and a half from last week, but they remain at #2 behind the Kansas City Chiefs.  New Orleans has now scored at least 40 points in four games this season, two of which came against top 10 defenses.  Where does Cincinnati’s defense rank?  #30.

Total Offense: 402 yards/game, #7

Gaining 487 yards generally will bring your average up, and that’s what happened for the Saints.  They’re now one of seven teams averaging over 400 yards per game. 

Passing Offense: 289.9 yards/game, #7

Drew Brees passes for 346 yards; the Saints move up in the rankings.  It was a big bounce-back for Brees, who had passed for just 120 yards against the Minnesota Vikings the week before.  And the Saints did it without Taysom Hill throwing darts downfield.

Rushing Offense: 112.1 yards/game, #15

For the fifth team in six games, New Orleans rushed for over 100 yards; and it was the third time they rushed for at least 140 yards.  Could they do it in back-to-back weeks?  The Bengals rush defense is just #26.

 

Defense

Scoring Defense: 27.3 points/game, #27

While the offense moved up, the defense moved down.  Before the Rams game, the Saints were allowing 26.1 points per game and were ranked #23.  The defense gave up 35 points; but still, a win’s a win.  And there’s no rest for the weary, as Cincinnati has a top 10 scoring offense.

Total Defense: 387.8 yards/game, #25

Los Angeles racked up 483 yards, the most the Fleur de Lis D had allowed since giving up 529 yards to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in Week 1.  While being ranked so low is obviously not ideal, the Saints are still 7-1.  The Kansas City Chiefs, they of the #1 offense, are 8-1; and their defense is even lower.

Passing Defense: 311.4 yards/game, #31

The downward trend for the Saints’ pass defense continues.  After Week 7, the Saints were allowing 293.7 passing yards per game (#28).  After Week 8, the Saints were allowing 300 passing yards per game (#28).  After Week 9, there’s only one other team allowing more passing yards.  That team?  The Cincinnati Bengals.

Rushing Defense: 76.4 yards/game, #1

There were plenty of questions going into the Rams game about how the run defense would hold up against the top rushing attack in the NFL, and the Saints certainly answered.  Los Angeles was averaging over 150 rushing yards per game, and the Saints limited them to 92 yards. 

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