Saints’ offense drops five spots in NFL rankings

Monday night’s matchup between the Saints and Philadelphia Eagles in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will bring together two teams a lot of people thought would be much better than they are when the season started.

As October turns to November, however, both the Saints (2-5) and Eagles (3-4) find themselves with their backs to the wall, facing a must-win situation to keep their seasons afloat.

Both teams will be looking for bounce-back performances this week after the Saints dropped a 34-14 decision to the Denver Broncos, while the Eagles fell to the Atlanta Falcons, 30-17.

The Saints struggled on both sides of the ball against the Broncos.

Their offense dropped five spots in the NFL rankings to eighth after picking up a season-low 252 yards. The defense didn’t drop because they couldn’t and remain last in the league in allowing 474.7 yards a game after the Broncos piled up 530 yards.

Here are the pertinent numbers for Monday night’s matchup (NFL rank in parentheses):

SAINTS

Offense: Total yards, 388.6 (8); rushing, 72.6 (32); passing, 316.0 (1); scoring, 27.1 (6).

Defense: Total yards, 474.7 (32); rushing, 170.1 (31); passing, 304.6 (30); scoring, 30.9 (30).

EAGLES

Offense: Total yards, 363.4 (17); rushing, 117.7 (10); passing, 245.7 (15); scoring, 17.1 (t28).

Defense: Total yards, 339.6 (12); rushing, 110.4 (17); passing, 229.1 (14); scoring, 22.1 (16).