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Monday, September 21, 2009
Saints continue to have league's top offense

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas


In the least surprising news of the day, the New Orleans Saints have the NFL’s top-rated offense.

The Saints rank second in passing offense and seventh in rushing offense. The Saints rank 21st in total defense (fifth against the run and 28th against the pass).

Rankings for the other NFC South teams include:

Atlanta is No. 17 in total offense (15th rushing and 17th passing). Defensively, the Falcons rank 22nd (20th against the run and 18th against the pass).

Carolina’s offense ranks 21st (14th rushing and 24th passing). The Panthers rank 15th in total defense (they’re tied for 28th against the run and third against the pass).

Believe it or not, Tampa Bay has a top-five offense. The Bucs rank fourth overall (13th rushing and sixth passing). But Tampa Bay’s defense is the main reason the Bucs are winless. The Bucs rank 31st overall (tied for 28th against the run and 27th against the pass).