NFL Power Rankings: New Orleans Saints jump back into top ten

The New Orleans Saints jumped back into the top ten after a win against the Chargers that put them above .500 on the season through five weeks.

The New Orleans Saints, after a massive plummet, have risen back into the Top 10 with their Week 5 win. The Saints got off to a rocky start on Monday night, going down 20-3. New Orleans was then able to rally and win in overtime 30-27.

That win put them above .500 at 3-2. They will take that record into their Week 7 game against Carolina. The Saints have about ten more weeks before their schedule really starts to get rough from Weeks 14-17.

Between now and Week 14, the Saints only play one “above .500” team in Week 8 against the Chicago Bears, who are currently 4-1. After that, they play Philadelphia, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Carolina to end out the season.

The Saints looked, before the season started, to have one of the hardest schedules in the NFL. Five weeks into the season, there are only eight games with teams above .500. There are only two games with teams with one or fewer losses.

The season for the Black and Gold should only get better from here. Remember they are trying to win their division to get into the playoffs. Currently, they have are No. 1 ahead of the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are all 3-2.

The jump back up into the top ten brings the Saints back up to where they were before their second loss. According to NFL Nation, they stayed even from where they were going into  Week 5 after their win against Detroit.

They labeled penalties as their biggest weakness. “The Saints lead the NFL in total penalty yards and defensive penalties — including a whopping 11 pass interference flags for a total of 244 yards heading into Monday night’s game.”

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New Orleans needs to continue to rise. For that to happen, they need to continue to win. They will soon welcome the Carolina Panthers into New Orleans. A win for them would mean a possible jump high in the rankings.