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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
NFC South rankings on offense, defense

By Pat Yasinskas

Now that the Monday night game is over, let’s take a look at the updated NFL rankings for NFC South offenses and defenses.

Let’s start with the Saints because they have the league’s No. 1-rated offense overall. The Saints are No. 1 in passing and No. 13 in rushing. Defensively, the Saints are No. 20 overall (19th against the run and 19th against the pass).

The Carolina Panthers are the other NFC South team with a top-five offense. They’re No. 5 overall (seventh in rushing and ninth in passing). But Carolina’s defense hasn’t been nearly as good. The Carolina defense is No. 27 overall (30th against the run and No. 17 against the pass).

Atlanta might be the division’s most balanced team in these rankings. The Falcons are No. 12 in total offense (11th in rushing and 10th in passing). On defense, they’re No. 15 overall (No. 2 against the run and No. 26 against the pass).

Although Tampa Bay’s offense has been inconsistent all season, it’s much better than the defense. The Bucs are No. 16 in total offense. They’re tied for No. 23 in rushing and are No. 13 in passing. On defense, the Bucs are No. 31 overall (26th against the run and 29th against the pass).