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Where the Saints rank: Week 12

11/19/2013

The New Orleans Saints defense climbed from seventh to fourth in the NFL rankings for yards allowed after holding the San Francisco 49ers to 196 yards last Sunday. It was the second straight week the Saints had held an opponent under 200 yards.

Here’s a look at where the Saints and their upcoming opponents, the Atlanta Falcons, rank in key statistical categories through 11 weeks of the NFL season:

SAINTS OFFENSE:

Total yards: 2nd (419.1 per game)

Passing yards: 2nd (321.9 per game)

Rushing yards: 23rd (97.8 per game)

Third-down conversions: 5th (44.4 percent)

Red zone touchdowns: 20th (52.6 percent)

Turnovers (giveaways): tie-7th fewest (13)

Sacks allowed: tie-6th fewest (22)

SAINTS DEFENSE:

Total yards: 4th (305.4 per game)

Passing yards: 3rd (191.4 per game)

Rushing yards: 17th (114.0 per game)

Third-down conversions: 3rd (32.8 percent)

Red zone touchdowns: t-24th (60.0 percent)

Turnovers (takeaways): tie-18th (16)

Sacks: tie-6th (32)

SAINTS TEAM:

Points scored: 2nd (28.8 per game)

Points allowed: 5th (18.3 per game)

Turnover ratio: tie-12th (plus-3)

Time of possession: 1st (33:45 per game)

SAINTS INDIVIDUALS:

QB Drew Brees: 336.9 yards per game (2nd), 26 touchdowns (2nd), 106.7 passer rating (4th), 70.7 Total QBR (3rd)

TE Jimmy Graham: 10 receiving TDs (tie-2nd), 10 total TDs (tie-3rd), 60 catches (tie-7th), 846 receiving yards (9th)

WR Kenny Stills: 22.4 yards per catch (1st)

P Thomas Morstead: net average 42.6 yards per punt (3rd)

FALCONS OFFENSE:

Total yards: 14th (347.5 per game)

Passing yards: 6th (274.4 per game)

Rushing yards: 31st (73.1 per game)

Turnovers (giveaways): tie-6th most (19)

Sacks allowed: tie-4th fewest (19)

FALCONS DEFENSE:

Total yards: 26th (381.9 per game)

Passing yards: 22nd (249.2 per game)

Rushing yards: 30th (132.7 per game)

Turnovers (takeaways): tie-29th (8)

Sacks: tie-26th (21)

FALCONS TEAM:

Points scored: tie-22nd (21.4 per game)

Points allowed: 29th (29.2 per game)