- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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The NFL just sent out the final rankings for offenses and defenses and it should come as no surprise the New Orleans Saints had the league’s worst defense.
A unit that set a new NFL record for yards allowed in a season finished the season at No. 32, the same spot it was in almost all season, in total defense. The Saints were No. 32 against the run. They were No. 31 against the pass and would have been No. 32 if it wasn’t for the fact that Tampa Bay was even more horrid in pass defense.
The Bucs finished No. 32 against the pass, which offset the fact they were No. 1 in run defense. Tampa Bay finished No. 29 in overall defense.
Despite a 13-3 season, Atlanta’s defense didn’t have a great statistical season. The Falcons finished No. 24 in overall defense (No. 21 against the run and No. 23 against the pass).
Carolina had the division’s best statistical defense. The Panthers were No. 10 overall (14th against the run and 13th against the pass).
The NFC South fared a lot better on the other side of the ball with three teams finishing the season with top-10 offenses.
The Saints were No. 2 in overall offense (No. 25 in rushing and No. 1 in passing). The Falcons were No. 8 in total offense (No. 29 in rushing and No. 6 in passing).
The Buccaneers were No. 9 in total offense (No. 15 in rushing and No. 10 in passing). Carolina finished No. 12 in total offense (No. 9 in rushing and No. 16 in passing).