Saturday, October 14, 2023

New Orleans Saints Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the New Orleans Saints in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Fantasy surprise: TE Juwan Johnson

Johnson seemed like he was on the verge of a breakout fantasy season after finishing 15th in points in ESPN leagues for his position. His rapport with Derek Carr in training camp certainly indicated he could be a big part of the offense, but so far he has only seven receptions for 61 yards and has missed the last two games with an injury. He hasn't been a "go-to" option for this team with Michael Thomas, Rashid Shaheed, Alvin Kamara and Chris Olave taking the majority of the targets. -- Katherine Terrell -- Rank: 14

Well, that fixed the Saints' offensive problems, right? OK, so that might be a stretch, but it was good to see them stretch things out a bit early -- and for Derek Carr to hold up a week after he didn't look quite right -- against a supposedly quality Patriots defense. They went back to a more conservative approach after a while, but who can blame them? New England had basically given up by that point. When you have a defense capable of blanking (and frankly humiliating) an opponent in its home stadium, you can accept less-than-perfect play on the other side of the ball. This really was a good win, with myriad contributors on both sides.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

They dominated the Patriots with an impressive defensive shutout. That side of the ball has been good all season long.

USA Today -- Rank: 15

Great sidebar to Sunday's 34-0 runaway in New England. TE Foster Moreau, a New Orleans native, scored his first TD with the Saints — and first since beating Hodgkin lymphoma during the offseason. Pretty cool story amid the NFL's annual "Crucial Catch" campaign for cancer screening.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

The Saints took two defensive players in the top 40, but defensive linemen Bryan Bresee and Isaiah Foskey have combined for only 15 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. Neither has played more than half of New Orleans' snaps. But how about the old guy? Wide receiver Michael Thomas, who hasn't had more than 450 receiving yards in a season since 2019, is New Orleans' leading receiver with 284 yards already.

FOX -- Rank: 18

Even if you take away Tyrann Mathieu's pick-six, 27 points is a big step in the right direction for the Saints' offense. As Alvin Kamara said himself, they've got too many good players to be so bad. Even if New England's defense is banged up, it's encouraging to see the Saints succeed against a typically stout opponent.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 14

The noise from Sunday will be around the Patriots being terrible, but let's credit the Saints, too. Their defense looked great, Derek Carr was efficient and they generally looked pretty good. You don't win games 34-0 in the NFL just because your opponent is bad.

PFT -- Rank: 16

The Saints will be the answer to the ultimate New England trivia question — who delivered the death blow to the Bill Belichick Patriots?

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