New Orleans Saints: Week 5 NFL Power Rankings (#26)

Last week: 26 (+0)

Record: 0-4

The bad news is the Saints are 0-4. The good news is that they looked a lot better last week, going into Lambeau Field and playing a solid game in a close loss to the Packers. There’s understandably adjustment period to live without your Head Coach, especially a Super Bowl winning one like Sean Payton, but it should get easier on a weekly basis. Plus, having Drew Brees doesn’t hurt. That’s why this team is ahead of several teams that have won games. Still, they are the favorite to be this year’s team to goes from in the playoffs to 5 or fewer wins.

Studs

C Brian La Puente: Did not allow a pressure on 58 pass rush snaps, run blocked for 17 yards on 4 attempts

QB Drew Brees: 35 of 54 for 446 yards and 3 touchdowns, 2 throw aways, 4 drops, 99.9 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 6 of 56 drop backs (2 sacks, 1 of 4, 1 throw away)

WR Marques Colston: Caught 9 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown on 13 attempts on 52 pass snaps, 4.0 YAC per catch, 1 penalty

Duds

RB Pierre Thomas: Rushed for 14 yards (12 after contact) on 9 attempts, 2 catches for -1 yards on 2 attempts

WR Devery Henderson: Caught 1 pass for 10 yards on 2 attempts on 38 pass snaps, 3.0 YAC per catch, 1 drop

LE Cameron Jordan: 1 quarterback hurry on 46 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist

DT Sedrick Ellis: Did not record a pressure on 25 pass rush snaps, no tackles

LOLB Scott Shanle: 2 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 missed tackle, allowed 4 catches for 49 yards and a touchdown on 5 attempts, 1 pass deflection

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