Saints’ offense, defense move up in latest NFL stats

Following their dominating performance on both sides of the ball in a 49-17 blowout of the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, the Saints moved up at least two spots in six of eight major NFL statistical categories.

In the latest stats, the Saints (7-2) moved up five spots in total offense and scoring and three spots in rushing offense. They also improved two spots in passing offense after piling up a club-record 625 total yards.

The Saints’ offense is now second in total yards (422.7 yards per game), passing (324.9) and scoring (29.4 points per game). They’re 23rd in rushing offense (97.8) after their season-high 242-yard output helped their average 18 yards to 97.8 yards a game.

Defensive, the Saints moved up two spots in total yards allowed and rushing defense and inched up one spot against the pass. They remained fifth in scoring defense at 18.1 points per game.

The Saints now rank seventh in allowing 317.6 yards per game, but they’re third against the pass at 199.9 yards per outing after the Cowboys finished with just 104 net passing yards. Quarterback Tony Romo was 10 of 24 for 128 yards.

Here are the pertinent numbers for Sunday’s game with the San Francisco 49ers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:

SAINTS (7-2)

Offense: Total yards, 422.7 (2); rushing, 97.8 (23); passing, 324.9 (2); scoring, 29.4 (2).

Defense: Total yards, 317.6 (7); rushing, 117.3 (23); passing, 199.9 (3); scoring, 18.1 (5).

Turnover differential: Plus-5 (t7)/10 giveaways (7 interceptions, 3 fumbles), 15 takeaways (9 interceptions, 6 fumble recoveries).

49ERS (6-3)

Offense: Total yards, 321.6 (22); rushing, 147.7 (4); passing, 173.9 (32); scoring, 25.2 (t2).

Defense: Total yards, 316.8 (6); rushing, 105.3 (12); passing, 211.4 (9); scoring, 17.2 (4).

Turnover differential: Plus-4 (t9)/14 giveaways (6 interceptions, 8 fumbles), 18 takeaways (10 interceptions, 8 fumble recoveries).