Saints slip slightly in most NFL stats, rise in rushing offense

The Saints moved up three spots in the NFL rushing stats, but that was about the only area they improved in following their first loss of the season — a 30-27 setback against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

With a season-high 131 rushing yards Sunday, which marked just the second time all season they’ve topped the 100-yard mark, the Saints moved up three spots from 26th to 23rd.

The productive day pushed their average from 78.2 yards per game to 86.7 a game going into their bye week.

The Saints’ offense dropped one spot to fifth in total yards at 397.7 yards a game, while passing yards was down one to third at 311.0 per game. They did improve two spots to seventh in scoring even though their average remained the same at 26.8 points per game.

Defensively, the Saints are down one spot in total yards allowed and passing yards allowing to 12th and 11th, respectively, while the rushing defense dropped three spots to 21st at 114.0 yards per game.

The Saints also gave up a season-high 30 points after holding their first five opponents to fewer than 19 points and fell two spots to sixth. But they’re still allowing just 17.2 points per game.

Here are the pertinent numbers going into the bye week:

SAINTS

Offense: Total yards, 397.7 (5); rushing, 86.7 (23); passing, 311.0 (3); scoring, 26.8 (7).

Defense: Total yards, 338.0 (12); rushing, 114.0 (21); passing, 224.9 (11); scoring, 17.2 (6).

Turnover differential: Plus-5 (t6)/7 giveaways, 12 takeaways.