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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Where the Saints rank: Week 9

By Mike Triplett

A look at where the New Orleans Saints and their upcoming opponents, the New York Jets, rank in key statistical categories through eight weeks of the NFL season:

SAINTS OFFENSE:
Total yards: 6th (396.0 per game)
Passing yards: 3rd (310.7 per game)
Rushing yards: 25th (85.3 per game)
Third-down conversions: 5th (42.9 percent)
Red zone touchdowns: tie-22nd (48.15 percent)
Turnovers (fewest giveaways): tie-2nd (7)
Sacks allowed: tie-13th fewest (18)

SAINTS DEFENSE:
Total yards: 12th (332.4 per game)
Passing yards: tie-9th (222.1 per game)
Rushing yards: 20th (110.3 per game)
Third-down conversions: 9th (35.7 percent)
Red zone touchdowns: 26th (61.9 percent)
Turnovers (takeaways): tie-9th (15)
Sacks: tie-8th (24)

SAINTS TEAM:
Points scored: 5th (28.0 per game)
Points allowed: 4th (17.1 per game)
Turnover ratio: 3rd (plus-8)
Time of possession: 2nd (33:24 per game)

SAINTS INDIVIDUALS:
QB Drew Brees: 327.1 yards per game (2nd), 19 touchdowns (2nd), 109.2 passer rating (3rd), 72.3 Total QBR (4th)
TE Jimmy Graham: 630 yards (tie-9th), 8 receiving TDs (tie-2nd), 8 total TDs (tie-3rd)
DE Cameron Jordan: 6 sacks (tie-12th), 2 forced fumbles (tie-7th)
S Malcolm Jenkins: 2 forced fumbles (tie-7th)
P Thomas Morstead: net average 42.9 yards per punt (3rd)

JETS OFFENSE:
Total yards: 17th (330.4  per game)
Passing yards: 22nd (210.0 per game)
Rushing yards: 13th (120.4 per game)
Turnovers (giveaways): tie-3rd most (17)
Sacks allowed: tie-2nd most (29)

JETS DEFENSE:
Total yards: 6th (315.0 per game)
Passing yards: 15th (237.1 per game)
Rushing yards: 1st (77.9 per game)
Turnovers (takeaways): tie-29th (5)
Sacks: tie-5th (25)

JETS TEAM:
Points scored: tie-27th (17.9 per game)
Points allowed: tie-23rd (26.4 per game)