Where the Saints rank: Week 17

December, 25, 2013
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Merry Christmas! The New Orleans Saints will practice as usual this Wednesday -- but it will be pushed back later than normal because of the holiday. Stay tuned for updates in the evening after practice.

Meanwhile, here is this week’s look at where the Saints (10-5) and their opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11), rank in key statistical categories.

The Tampa Bay offense has obviously fallen a little flat this year, ranking last in the NFL in total yards and passing yards. But the Buccaneers remain a dangerous opponent, especially because of their opportunistic defense, which ranks third in the NFL with 31 takeaways.

SAINTS OFFENSE
Total yards: 5th (394.9 per game)
Passing yards: 2nd (303.2 per game)
Rushing yards: 25th (91.7 per game)
Third-down conversions: 5th (43.3 percent)
Red-zone touchdowns: 17th (53.7 percent)
Turnovers (giveaways): Tied for 7th fewest (19)
Sacks allowed: Tied for 10th fewest (36)

SAINTS DEFENSE
Total yards: 4th (306.7 per game)
Passing yards: 2nd (192.7 per game)
Rushing yards: 19th (114.1 per game)
Third-down conversions: 10th (35.5 percent)
Red-zone touchdowns: 14th (55.6 percent)
Turnovers (takeaways): Tied for 28th (18)
Sacks: 4th (47)

SAINTS TEAM
Points scored: 13th (24.8 per game)
Points allowed: 5th (19.1 per game)
Turnover ratio: 15th (even)
Time of possession: 2nd (32:35 per game)

SAINTS INDIVIDUALS
QB Drew Brees: 4,781 yards (318.7 per game) 2nd, 35 touchdowns (second), 101.8 passer rating (6th), 66.6 Total QBR (7th)
TE Jimmy Graham: 15 total TDs (2nd), 15 receiving TDs (1st)
WR Kenny Stills: 18.2 yards per reception (2nd)
DE Cameron Jordan: 12.5 sacks (4th)
LB Curtis Lofton: 119 tackles (tie-12th)
P Thomas Morstead: net average 42.8 yards per punt (3rd)

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Total yards: 32nd (276.1 per game)
Passing yards: 32nd (173.7 per game)
Rushing yards: 22nd (102.5 per game)
Turnovers (giveaways): Tied for 11th fewest (20)
Sacks allowed: 6th most (45)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Total yards: 13th (340.0 per game)
Passing yards: Tied for 15th (229.1 per game)
Rushing yards: 17th (110.9 per game)
Turnovers (takeaways): 3rd (31)
Sacks: 23rd (34)

BUCCANEERS TEAM
Points scored: 29th (18.1 per game)
Points allowed: 14th (23.1 per game)

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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