Saturday, December 19, 2020

New Orleans Saints Week 15 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: 4.2 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 5th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the Saints in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

They took interior offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz 24th overall. Ruiz was injured at the beginning of the season, started seven games at guard and is now part of a rotation at guard. In other words, he's been fine. The Saints, however, might not be fine after their Week 14 loss to the Eagles. They fell to the No. 2 seed in the NFC, lost the inside track on a first-round bye and now have to face the Chiefs in Week 15. EPR still has the Saints as the second-best team.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

That was a bad showing at Philadelphia. Taysom Hill did some good things in his starts, but they need Drew Brees back. Now.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

Loss in Philly isn't as worrisome as diminishing window to reintegrate 41-year-old QB Drew Brees into the fold before postseason -- which gives New Orleans enough problems -- begins.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

It would have been much easier to identify the Saints' strengths if they hadn't just snapped a nine-game winning streak with Sunday's flop at Philadelphia. In general, their strength lies in their depth and diversity. They are well-rounded enough to win games based on their passing game, running game, defense or special teams when needed. Before Sunday's collapse, the Saints' defense had been dominant over a five-game stretch, which had allowed them to keep thriving despite Drew Brees' injury absence. -- Mike Triplett -- Rank: 3

It was a damaging Sunday for the Saints, who saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end and now find themselves behind the Packers in the race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Taysom Hill was up and down in his first loss as starting quarterback, and New Orleans' defense -- so dominant in recent weeks -- had trouble with Eagles rookie Jalen Hurts, who threw a touchdown pass and eclipsed 100 yards rushing. Here's a wild stat: The Saints entered Sunday having not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 55 games (including playoffs), a record in the Super Bowl era. They allowed two Eagles to hit the century mark -- Hurts and running back Miles Sanders. The Saints will have a better chance against the Chiefs on Sunday if Drew Brees is indeed back on the field.

Previous update: New Orleans Saints Week 14 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

More New Orleans Saints pages:

More of our content: