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Power Rankings: How do the Saints fare after a loss to Atlanta?

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NFL: Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s how the New Orleans Saints rank amongst the five major power rankings after advancing to 5-6 on the season.

NFL.com - 17 (-2)

“After a midseason flurry of productivity, the offense is back in slump mode. Derek Carr racked up 305 passing yards against the Falcons, but he can’t seem to get this team into the end zone. His pick and Taysom Hill’s fumble in the red zone basically decided the game. New Orleans lost by two scores, but just as easily could have won by two. That speaks to the mediocrity of this team and the NFC South, which keeps things open for now. Carr just hasn’t brought this offense together the way I imagined. The early-season OL issues can’t be ignored, and it’s hard to know who is to blame when Carr and his receivers aren’t on the same page. The Saints need to fix the communication errors and red-zone woes fast, because this defense can’t stop a good run game.”

ESPN - 21 (-5)

“Much like last year, the Saints are struggling to stop the run, particularly against mobile quarterbacks, and have not progressed as an offense. The Saints came out of the bye looking the same as before, with an offense that cannot consistently score touchdowns in the red zone, scoring a TD on 42.5% of red zone trips (ranks 29th). On special teams, a lot has been asked of rookie kicker Blake Grupe, who is 24-of-30 this year but has often been the only source of offense. As Saints running back Alvin Kamara said: The team is “consistently inconsistent.” — Katherine Terrell”

Bleacher Report - 20 (-4)

“Blake Grupe may be the most valuable player for the New Orleans Saints. Blake Grupe is a kicker. That’s not good.

All season, the New Orleans Saints have struggled to score touchdowns. The problem reared its head again Sunday in Atlanta—while Derek Carr topped 300 passing yards and the Saints racked up 444 yards of offense, they scored exactly zero touchdowns in a disappointing loss to the Falcons.

Speaking of disappointing, the Saints spent a lot of money to make Carr the team’s quarterback, and while the veteran isn’t the team’s only issue (or even the biggest one), as Moton pointed out, the team’s return on investment hasn’t been great.”

CBS Sports - 20 (-3)

“They just don’t look like a playoff team, but they have a shot still to get there. Derek Carr can’t throw that pick-six to Jessie Bates III against the Saints.”

USA Today - 24 (-2)

“Just about time to ride or die, especially with their next three in the Superdome – though, oddly, New Orleans hasn’t finished with a winning record at home since 2020.”

AVERAGE RANKING - 20 (-2)

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Where would you rank the Saints heading into Week 13?

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