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Saints now considered one of the NFC’s best in Week 10 Power Rankings

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Wasn’t it nice to finally win a game without having a heart attack along the way? Here are all of the major outlets’ power rankings. So how do the New Orleans Saints rank? (Change from each week will be in parentheses.)

ESPN - #5 (+3)

Recalibrated expectation: Contend for NFC’s No. 1 seed

The top seed and a third straight 13-3 season are realistic goals at this point. The Saints were far from perfect over the first seven weeks, so we shouldn’t go overboard with our expectations following their dominant win at Tampa Bay on Sunday night. But New Orleans’ offense and defense have both shown gradual improvement after a lackluster 1-2 start, and now receiver Michael Thomas is back healthy. Plus, seven of the Saints’ final eight opponents have losing records. — Mike Triplett

USA Today - #3 (+8)

Things can change so quickly in the NFL. Their complete dismantling of Tampa Bay launched New Orleans from NFC’s wild-card mix up to the conference’s projected top seed.

CBS - #4 (+6)

That beating of the Bucs shows what they are capable of when healthy. They are good on both lines - and that matters.

NFL - #3 (+3)

The Saints dominated the Bucs on Sunday night in Tampa, outplaying their division rival in every conceivable way over the course of a 38-3 win. It was the worst beating Tom Brady has ever taken in his 21 seasons in the league, and it gave the Saints the tiebreaker over the Bucs in any head-to-head scenario. Drew Brees looked confident and comfortable playing with his full complement of playmakers for the first time all year, while Taysom Hill accounted for 123 yards of offense as a passer, receiver and rusher in what was, by far, his best game of 2020. It felt like Sean Payton finally figured out how to deploy his jack of all trades, and it made New Orleans almost impossible to stop.

Bleacher Report - #4 (+3)

Week 9 Result: Won 38-3 at Tampa Bay

Sunday night’s showcase game in Tampa Bay was supposed to be a showdown between the two best teams in the NFC South.

It turned into a beatdown of massive proportions.

The visiting Saints dominated every facet of the game. Drew Brees was razor-sharp, throwing for 222 yards and four touchdowns. The Saints piled up 138 yards on the ground against the best run defense in the NFL. The New Orleans defense held the Buccaneers under 200 total yards, sacked Tom Brady three times and notched three interceptions.

It was a fantastic performance by any measure, and it put the Saints squarely in the driver’s seat in the division.

“The Saints sent a crystal-clear message to the rest of the NFC on Sunday night,” Davenport said. ”The notion they had been surpassed by the Buccaneers was...let’s go with misplaced. Now the Saints have a season sweep of the Bucs, a much more favorable schedule over the second half of the season and star wideout Michael Thomas back.”

Yahoo - #5 (+3)

There were games this season in which the Saints did not look great. Go back and watch the Chargers game, or the Bears game, and you don’t see a Super Bowl contender. Sunday night erased those questions. That was as dominant of a performance as you’ll ever see against a good NFL team.

Sports Illustrated - #4 (+3)

The Saints just took control of the NFC South with a major butt-kicking against Tampa Bay, but their season (perhaps Drew Brees’s last?) won’t be remembered for what they do in the regular season. Still, in a jumbled NFC playoff picture, they’re the top team on our list.

Average Power Ranking Composite: #4 (+4)


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