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2022 NFL Power Rankings: New Orleans Saints

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the New Orleans Saints in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Realistic expectation: Evaluating young players.

The Saints mathematically have a shot at the NFC South like everyone else, but they've squandered every opportunity they've gotten to make any progress in the division by beating themselves with poor play. While a best-case scenario has them winning out to finish with a winning season, a more realistic one has them getting more snaps for players like Trevor Penning, Rashid Shaheed and Alontae Taylor to get them ready for next season.

NFL.com -- Rank: 26

You can't win if you can't score, and the Saints saw their fading playoff hopes take another hit in a dispiriting shutout loss to the 49ers in Santa Clara. Alvin Kamara lost two fumbles and New Orleans came up empty on two trips into the red zone, wasting a game effort by a Saints defense that cooled off a Niners attack which had entered Sunday on a roll. Kamara has now matched a career high with four fumbles, and the New Orleans running attack remains completely missing in action. Sunday's leading rusher? Andy Dalton, who churned out 21 yards worth of scrambles. This is not a very good or disciplined team, and it's fair to wonder if Dennis Allen will pay for it with his job.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

The offense didn't score a point against the 49ers. Is it time to go back to Jameis Winston?

USA Today -- Rank: 27

Now 4-8, they're headed for double-digit losses in a season for the first time since 2005, the year ruined by Hurricane Katrina and the season before former coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees arrived.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Is it possible that the Saints were so reckless with their draft picks because they knew they'd get a windfall this offseason for Sean Payton? Is it silly to keep trying to figure out the shortsighted plans that never made sense to begin with? Who's to say? Keep playing Andy Dalton, though.

The Ringer -- Rank: 20

The good news for New Orleans is that rookie receiver Chris Olave has been fantastic. The bad news? Nearly everything else. Quarterback Andy Dalton is hot and cold (lately, mostly cold). The defense can't create pressure on opposing quarterbacks or force turnovers. Hell, even star running back Alvin Kamara has underwhelmed for most of this season. And there's no bright light at the end of the tunnel, as the Saints go into the 2023 offseason with few resources to quickly right the ship.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 27

The Saints' leading rusher Sunday was Andy Dalton, who had 21 yards on four carries. There's a lot wrong with the Saints' offense, and it's a guarantee they won't score much if their leading non-Dalton rusher has 13 yards.

PFT -- Rank: 28

Is it crazy to think they should offer Sean Payton $30 million a year to come back?

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