Saturday, January 2, 2021

New Orleans Saints Week 17 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: 4th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 5th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Saints in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

Trey Hendrickson, DL: His career year has come at the perfect time. Hendrickson is tied for third with 12.5 sacks and tied for seventh with 24 QB hits. He's hit the quarterback on 7.7 percent of his pass-rush chances, which ranks fifth among 196 qualifying players. Hendrickson has just one season of elite production, but he's only 26.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

It's about time they gave Alvin Kamara more carries. He was special against Minnesota to lock up the division title.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

Still not sure why Sean Payton had to "Scrooge" Alvin Kamara out of the opportunity to score a league record seven rushing TDs on Christmas.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

New Year's resolution: End their 10-season Super Bowl drought

The Saints have plenty of things to worry about in 2021, such as managing some daunting salary-cap issues and possibly choosing a new quarterback. But first thing's first, they want to get back to the big game while they still have Drew Brees and this loaded collection of talent intact, as they're approaching the 11-year anniversary of beating the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. -- Mike Triplett -- Rank: 4

Alvin Kamara did more than win a million fantasy leagues on Christmas Day. He showed the world that the Saints don't need Vintage Drew Brees to operate with championship-level explosiveness. Kamara tied a 91-year-old NFL record (shoutout to Ernie Nevers!) with six rushing touchdowns in a 52-33 win that clinched the Saints' fourth consecutive NFC South title. Kamara has been masterful this season, piling up 21 touchdowns and nearly 1,700 scrimmage yards as the engine of the New Orleans offense. Say what you will about the 41-year-old Brees, but Kamara's role is far more defined than what it was when Taysom Hill was behind center. The best version of this Saints attack is the one that keeps No. 41 front and center.

Previous update: New Orleans Saints Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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