New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense3rd129.4 (6th)261.8 (5th)
Defense17th111.7 (15th)224.8 (15th)

Schedule

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Thu Aug 10
L 14 - 20@CLE
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Sun Aug 20
W 13 - 7@LAC
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Sat Aug 26
W 13 - 0HOU
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Thu Aug 31
L 13 - 14BAL
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Mon Sep 11
L 19 - 29@MIN
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Sun Sep 17
L 20 - 36NE
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Sun Sep 24
W 34 - 13@CAR
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Sun Oct 1
W 20 - 0@MIA
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Sun Oct 15
W 52 - 38DET
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Sun Oct 22
W 26 - 17@GB
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Sun Oct 29
W 20 - 12CHI
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Sun Nov 5
W 30 - 10TB
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Sun Nov 12
W 47 - 10@BUF
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Sun Nov 19
W 34 - 31WAS
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Sun Nov 26
L 20 - 26@LAR
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Sun Dec 3
W 31 - 21CAR
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Thu Dec 7
L 17 - 20@ATL
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Sun Dec 17
W 31 - 19NYJ
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Sun Dec 24
W 23 - 13ATL
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Sun Dec 31
L 24 - 31@TB
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Sun Jan 7
W 31 - 26CAR
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Sun Jan 14
L 24 - 29@MIN
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Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
New Orleans11-5-04-2-0
Carolina11-5-03-3-0
Atlanta10-6-04-2-0
Tampa Bay5-11-01-5-0
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Saints' Sheldon Rankins: Makes impact outside of stats
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rankins recorded 26 tackles (16 solo), two sacks, one pass defensed, one interception and one forced fumble across 16 games in 2017.

The 2016, 12th overall selection's performance in 2017 may look underwhelming on paper, but the defensive tackle had a major impact transforming the Saints' defense in 2017. Although he played seven more games than his rookie season, Rankins statistical totals almost mirror his rookie totals -- his sack total was also cut in half in 2017. However, Rankins split time on the inside and outside of the defensive line for portions of the season, filling in for Alex Okafor (Achilles), who ended up on injured reserve. Playing defensive tackle doesn't necessarily draw great statistical numbers, but Rankins' leadership and playmaking ability deems him one of the most valuable members of the Saints' defense.

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Saints' Tyeler Davison: 31 tackles on year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davison recorded 31 tackles (22 solo), two forced fumbles and one pass defensed across 16 games in 2017.

Davison averaged just under 37 defensive reps in 2017, as the 25-year-old became an integral member of the Saints young pass-rush unit. Davison is under contract for one more season with the Saints before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. There's a chance he sees an expanded role in 2018 with John Hughes and Alex Okafor slated to become free agents this offseason.

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Saints' David Onyemata: 38 tackles on season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onyemata recorded 38 tackles (18 solo), two sacks, and one pass defensed across 16 games in 2017.

It was only the second season that Onyemata played American, 11-man football, as the 25-year-old was drafted out of the University of Manitoba and didn't start playing organized football until 2011. That being said, Onyemata made major strides in 2017, recording career-highs across the board, including his first career sack in Week 4. Look for the defensive tackle to continue to make strides in year three.

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Saints' P.J. Williams: Makes progress in year three
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams recorded 47 tackles (34 solo), nine passes defensed and two interceptions across 16 games in 2017.

Williams notched career-highs across the board in 2017, as the cornerback was finally able to stay on the field for all 16 contests after two injury-plagued seasons to start his career. While Ken Crawley ended the season as the starting cornerback alongside Marshon Lattimore, Williams still managed to record just under 40 defensive reps per game in the regular season. He now heads into a contract year with the Saints and he'll have to prove his 2017 numbers were no fluke if he hopes to sign a long-term extension.

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Saints' Ken Crawley: Ends season as starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crawley recorded 54 tackles (47 solo), 17 passes defensed and one interception across 13 contests in 2017.

In his second season, Crawley solidified himself as the Saints' starting cornerback across from Marshon Lattimore after starting the season as an inactive. The 24-year-old is under contract through next season but then will become a restricted free agent. However, if he continues to grow in Dennis Allen's system throughout the offseason the Saints may have no choice but to offer the young cornerback a long-term deal.

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