Where the Saints rank in the NFL - Week 6: Brees tops on third down

Where the Saints rank in the NFL - Week 6: Brees tops on third down

Credit: AP

New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) is pursed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defender Quincy Black (58) in the first half of their NFL football game in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


by Bradley Handwerger / Eyewitness Sports


Posted on October 20, 2010 at 11:02 AM


Where the Saints Rank: Each week the NFL updates its statistics and the Saints starting a slow climb up the charts after a shaky start to the season.

The rankings that you care about
Total offense (368.2 yards) – 8th (10th last week)
Rush offense (98.3 yards) – 21st (31st)
Pass offense (269.8 yards) – 5th (5th)

Total defense (301.5 yards) – 7th (9th)
Rush defense (106.0 yards) – 16th (22nd)
Pass defense (195.5 yards) – 7th (6th)

A ranking the coaches care about
Take-aways / Give-aways (minus-1) – Tied for 16th (16th)
-- 4 Interception, 5 Fumble Recoveries --
-- 6 Thrown Interceptions, 4 Lost Fumble –

Rankings etc.
First-down plays/offense – 178 plays, averaging 5.04 yards per play, 25th (29th last week) (NFL ave.= 5.52 ypp)
First-down plays/defense – 152 plays, averaging 5.521 yards per play, 16th (14th) (NFL ave.= 5.52 ypp)
Red Zone Offense – 23 possessions, 9 TD’s, 9 FG’s, 39.1 percent score TD, 24th
Red Zone Defense – 11 possessions, 7 TD’s, 3 FG’s, 63.6 percent score TD, 25th
Kickoffs (kicking team) – 29 kickoffs, 5 touchbacks, Average Start 26.0, 12th (12th last week) (NFL ave. 26.7)

Individually speaking
Drew Brees –    1st in completion percentage (70.6 percent) (1st last week)
        4th in yards (1673 yards) (4th)
        7th in QB rating (97.6) (9th)
        21st in 4th Quarter QB rating (76.1) (17th)
        1st in 3rd-down passing (116.5) (4th)

Chris Ivory – 27th in yards (277)
Marques Colston – 23rd (tied) in receptions (30)
Jeremy Shockey – 36th (tied) in receptions (25)
Marques Colston – 27th (tied) in yards (340)
Lance Moore – 49th in yards (274)
Devery Henderson – 47th (tied) third-down receiving (6)
Pierre Thomas – 41st (tied) for first downs recorded (19)
Marques Colston – 41st (tied) for first downs recorded (19)


OK, now it's your turn. Are you surprised by any of the rankings? Are the Saints lower or higher in certain categories than you expected?