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2021 NFL Power Rankings: New Orleans Saints

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New Orleans Saints rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Saints in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Bold second-half prediction: DE Marcus Davenport will finally have a breakout stretch.

The Saints' first-round pick in 2018 has battled injuries and inconsistent production throughout his career. But Davenport has shown flashes of dominant potential when healthy -- especially this past summer. And he is poised to finally go on a tear over the second half of this season for a Saints team that will rely heavily on its defense to keep its playoff hopes alive. Davenport has two sacks in four games this year. He will have at least six more over the final nine games. -- Mike Triplett

NFL.com -- Rank: 13

The Saints deserve credit for staging a dramatic comeback against the Falcons at a delirious Superdome on Sunday, but the disappointment of the game went beyond the late Cordarrelle Patterson catch-and-run and Younghoe Koo kick that sealed their fate. Trevor Siemian stepped in for Jameis Winston and got very little help from his pass catchers, who had five drops before the game reached halftime. Neither Siemian nor Taysom Hill would be classified as electric throwers of the football, so New Orleans can't afford to kick away opportunities to make chunk plays like they did repeatedly against Atlanta. Michael Thomas is not walking through that door -- leaving the Saints with a problem they may not be able to address until the spring.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

They lost a tough one at home to the Falcons as big favorites with Trevor Siemian in his first start. He struggled early, but came on late. They will need more against the Titans this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

Given they're 1-2 at the Superdome, should be a plus New Orleans will play four of the next six ... away from New Orleans.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

Are they good? They're better than they showed Sunday. Losing Jameis Winston to a season-ending knee injury makes it that much harder to keep up with the Bucs, and a trip to Tennessee this week won't help with that. The loss to Atlanta could be one that stings even more in January. Down 18 with eight minutes to play, the Saints rallied for three touchdowns and the lead with a minute left, only to give up a 64-yard pass to Cordarrelle Patterson that set up the Falcons' game-winning kick. The Saints defense can't let Matt Ryan have his highest-rated game in more than a year if they're to carry this team back to the playoffs.

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