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Power Rankings: Saints breaking back into the top 20

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NFL: New York Giants at New Orleans Saints Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Here are how the five major power rankings view the New Orleans Saints heading into their Week 16 Thursday Night Football battle with the Los Angeles Rams. - 21 (+1)

“Sunday’s victory marks a second straight comfortable win at home, but how much have we learned about New Orleans in that span? Similar to Week 14’s game against Carolina, the Saints didn’t make it a two-score lead until late in the third quarter, and that was after Giants QB Tommy DeVito had to leave for a short spell. But it was a positive development that Derek Carr had his cleanest, most efficient game in some time — and it came without WR Chris Olave or RT Ryan Ramczyk. Carr completed 23 of 28 passes, and even with punts on three of the first four drives, the Saints showed better rhythm offensively. They also didn’t hurt themselves with turnovers, red-zone collapses or penalties, even with two flags stalling one promising drive in the first half. That and a dominant defensive performance (seven sacks, 2 of 16 on third downs) was enough to keep the Saints in the division hunt.”

ESPN -17 (+4)

We’re No. 1 ... at pass breakups.

The Saints have been excellent at both taking the ball away and defending passes. They rank first in the league with 87 pass breakups, a significant lead over the Niners’ 75. Saints cornerback Paulson Adebo leads the team with 15 pass breakups this year. — Katherine Terrell”

Bleacher Report - 18 (+4)

“It’s been a bumpy first season in New Orleans for Derek Carr. He has been battered and booed. The Saints have struggled to score touchdowns.

Sunday against the Giants, however, Carr got it going—just five incompletions in 28 attempts, 218 passing yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating north of 130. The performance was all the more impressive given that top wideout Chris Olave missed the game.

With three games left to play, the Saints are a .500 team tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers atop the NFC South. The Saints were drilled at home by the Buccaneers in Week 4, and on New Year’s Eve the two teams will meet in Tampa.

That contest is about as must-win as it gets if Carr wants to avoid hearing more boos.”

CBS Sports - 19 (+3)

“They are tied for first place in the NFC South after beating the Giants. The defense came up big in that game, and they will need it again this week against the Rams.”

USA Today - 18 (+3)

“You can count on death, taxes and RB Alvin Kamara getting 1,000 yards.”



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