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Power Rankings: Saints continue to fall after loss to Detroit

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NFL: Detroit Lions 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 5-7 on the season. - 22 (-5)

“It seems clear Saints fans haven’t quite warmed up to QB Derek Carr yet, and Sunday was a fascinating case study of that relationship. Carr started slowly, and though his interception went off the hands of Juwan Johnson, Saints fans booed Carr anyway. Then he got hot, hitting 15 straight passes beginning in the second quarter, helping cut a 24-7 deficit to 24-21 during a third-quarter flurry. But when Carr lost a fumble on a poor center exchange, the fans booed more. He left the game a few minutes later with injuries, and Jameis Winston gave the Saints a chance to win it late, but quarterbacking wasn’t the only factor here. The Saints’ defense, once the team’s unquestioned strength, now is a question mark, as the Lions flexed their muscles often against that group.”

ESPN - 21 (0)

Pleasant surprise: DE Carl Granderson

Granderson won the starting job in camp and has played in all 12 games while matching last season’s sack total (5.5). He also set a career high in QB hits (12) and leads the team in sacks in a year in which it hasn’t been able to get much from its pass rush. Receiver Rashid Shaheed was also a candidate here, with several game-changing plays in his second season with the team. — Katherine Terrell”

Bleacher Report - 21 (-1)

“The first year of the Derek Carr era in New Orleans has been—rocky.

As in Derek Carr keeps getting rocked.

In a season where Carr has already missed time with shoulder and head injuries, the veteran signal-caller now finds himself in the concussion protocol again. This, after a season in which the Saints have struggled to score touchdowns and Carr has drawn boos from the home crowd.

‘Carr has had a rough year and not just based on his passing numbers. He’s gone into concussion protocol twice over the past three weeks after taking big hits in the pocket. He also played through an AC joint sprain early in October,’ Moton said. ‘To his credit, Carr hasn’t missed a game, which speaks to his toughness. With that said, the Saints need more out of him when he’s on the field. In 12 contests, Carr has thrown for 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. In fairness, his teammates have to help him out as well.’”

CBS Sports - 23 (-3)

“Losing to the Lions was tough enough, but Derek Carr got hurt as well. They just haven’t looked right this season.”

USA Today - 25 (-1)

“RB Alvin Kamara needs two more TD receptions to join Christian McCaffrey and Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk and Lenny Moore as the only ones with 50 career rushing touchdowns and 25 receiving. Question now is, who’s throwing the ball to him in New Orleans?”



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