Where the Saints rank in the NFL: Colston, defense among league's elite

Where the Saints rank in the NFL: Colston, defense among league's elite

Where the Saints rank in the NFL: Colston, defense among league's elite

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by Bradley Handwerger / Eyewitness Sports

wwltv.com

Posted on November 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

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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 (365.1 yards) – 9th (7th last week)
Rush offense (84.8 yards) – 29th (26th)
Pass offense (280.4 yards) – 5th (5th)

Total defense (287.3 yards) – 3rd (3rd)
Rush defense (108.6 yards) – 16th (16th)
Pass defense (178.6 yards) – 3rd (3rd)

A ranking the coaches care about
Take-aways / Give-aways (minus-5) – Tied for 24th (tied for 25th)
-- 5 Interception, 6 Fumble Recoveries --
-- 11 Thrown Interceptions, 5 Lost Fumble –

Rankings etc.
First-down plays/offense – 240 plays, averaging 4.90 yards per play, 28th (25th last week) (NFL ave.= 5.51 ypp)
First-down plays/defense – 195 plays, averaging 5.25 yards per play, 14th (15th) (NFL ave.= 5.51 ypp)
Red Zone Offense – 31 possessions, 13 TD’s, 12 FG’s, 41.9 percent score TD, 25th
Red Zone Defense – 16 possessions, 8 TD’s, 7 FG’s, 50.0 percent score TD, 15th
Kickoffs (kicking team) – 37 kickoffs, 6 touchbacks, Average Start 26.4, 18th (13th last week) (NFL ave. 26.3)

Individually speaking
Drew Brees –    1st in completion percentage (70.7 percent) (1st last week)
        3rd in yards (2334 yards) (3rd)
        9th in QB rating (92.6) (10th)
        11th in 4th Quarter QB rating (91.9) (17th)
        1st in 3rd-down passing (111.4) (1st)

Marques Colston – 4th in receptions (46) (tied for 9th)
Marques Colston – 10th in yards (527) (19th)
Marques Colston – 28th (tied) third-down receiving (9) (tied for 28th)
Marques Colston – 21st (tied) for first downs recorded (30) (tied for 24th)

Lance Moore – 43rd in receptions (29) (NR)
Lance Moore – 43rd in yards (371) (NR)
Lance Moore – 41st (tied) third-down receiving (8) (tied for 48th)

Chris Ivory – 30th in yards (332) (23rd last week)
Chris Ivory – 48th (tied) for first downs recorded (22) (tied for 41st)

Jeremy Shockey – 38th (tied) in receptions (30) (tied for 41st)
Thomas Morstead – 4th in punting average (47.0 ypp) (3rd)
Sedrick Ellis – 41st (tied) in sacks (3.0) (tied for 35th)

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