Friday, December 4, 2020

New Orleans Saints Week 13 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New Orleans Saints rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 3.4 (3rd)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 4th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Saints in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

Exceeding expectations: Sean Payton gives the Saints an edge every week. They are currently 9-2, and their plus-101 point is tops in the NFC. That's despite having played six games without Michael Thomas and two without Drew Brees (yes, one of those was against the quarterback-less Broncos, but still). New Orleans is 7-0 in the last two seasons without Brees. The Saints are at a level where they'll ultimately be judged by their playoff performance, but there's no denying that Payton has done a fantastic job so far.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

Taysom Hill is 2-0 as a starter, even if the passing numbers have been pedestrian. The idea is to just keep winning until Drew Brees is back.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

Well look who now owns league's top-ranked defense. And how about DE Trey Hendrickson, who has more sacks (9 1/2) than anybody save Aaron Donald.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Most important game remaining: Week 15 vs. Kansas City

Technically, this is the least important game on the Saints' remaining schedule, since it is against an AFC opponent and won't affect playoff tiebreakers. But every other team on the Saints' slate has a losing record. So how could I not highlight a matchup that might be the most thrilling game left in the entire NFL regular season? And not to be cliche, but every game remaining on the Saints' schedule is equally important, since they would badly love to clinch the NFC's No. 1 seed -- and would lose a tiebreaker to the Packers if they finish in a two-way tie for first. -- Mike Triplett -- Rank: 3

Taysom Hill's second start was less impressive than his first, but the Drew Brees replacement didn't need to do much with the Broncos starting a practice squad wide receiver at quarterback. Hill scored twice from in close and the New Orleans defense handled the rest in a 31-3 win. The Saints allowed just one pass completion the entire game, a bonkers stat in bonkers circumstances. It provided cover for the fact that Hill wasn't much better than Kendall Hinton as a passer. From NFL Research: The Broncos and Saints combined for just 91 gross passing yards, the fewest in a game since 1982. Hill is 2-0 as Saints starter, but questions about his long-term viability behind center persist.

Previous update: New Orleans Saints Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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