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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 8 roundup for the Saints in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Prediction we missed: The lack of depth at the No. 2 cornerback spot.

Rookie third-round draft pick Paulson Adebo hasn't been perfect, but he has been impressive enough to hold up as the starter all season so far -- even though the Saints traded next year's third-round pick to acquire veteran Bradley Roby from the Houston Texans heading into Week 1. The Saints made no secret about their concern for the team's cornerback depth behind Pro Bowler Marshon Lattimore this offseason. They even tried to trade up nearly 20 spots in Round 1 of the draft to fill the spot (to no avail). But Adebo has stepped up for a defense that has held up extremely well this year despite missing five starters from 2020. -- Mike Triplett

NFL.com -- Rank: 12

Drew Brees sat in with Peyton and Eli on ESPN's Manningcast on Monday night, and you could tell the Saints legend was struggling to find the words as we watched the ever-erratic Jameis Winston run Brees' old offense at Lumen Field. Winston wasn't great, but luckily he had Alvin Kamara to carry the load. Kamara was the best player on the field, finishing with 10 catches, 179 yards of total offense and a touchdown. The Saints have never been so dependent on their superstar running back -- take him out of the mix and it all falls apart.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

As they get healthier, they are getting better. The defense was dominant against Seattle. Now here comes Tom Brady.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

Wasn't pretty, but RB Alvin Kamara and Co. might just be a playoff team without retired QB Drew Brees. Kamara is the fastest player (66 games) to record 3,000 career yards both rushing and receiving.

The Athletic -- Rank: 13

Trick or treat: Not sure if anyone truly deserved to win that Monday night monstrosity of a game in a gross rainstorm in Seattle, but credit to the Saints for doing just enough. The real treat is coming for the Saints in coming weeks, with the impending return of key players like defensive tackle David Onyemata (from suspension) and receiver Michael Thomas (from an ankle injury).

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