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?

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