A few months ago, we posted about how the New Orleans Saints are one of the most efficient offensive offenses in the NFL, but this year, it’s something different.
New Orleans’ offense is the only one in the league with at least four offensive touchdowns this season.
They also lead the NFL with 20 sacks, with eight coming from their offensive linemen.
And when those two things are combined, they have been among the best in the AFC South.
So, how did the Saints rank in this category last season?
We tracked the offensive efficiency over the past four seasons and then looked at which teams were best at combining two or more offensive categories.
We started with offensive efficiency and then moved on to rushing, scoring and passing.
The Rams, who rank third in both categories, are not a good example of the first group, since they rank eighth in rushing.
But they are the only team with two scores from their offense this season, which is not surprising considering they are one scoring threat per game.
And they are tied for fifth in the division with seven rushing touchdowns.
That rushing attack, combined with New Orleans scoring touchdowns, has been one of their better offensive performances this season and it’s a testament to how well they play with their running game.
They lead the league in rushing yards, touchdowns and yards per attempt, and are second in yards per carry.
They rank seventh in total touchdowns and touchdowns per game, and fourth in passing yards per game (24.3).
They are third in rushing touchdowns, first in rushing points and second in total offense.
As for scoring, the Rams are fifth in rushing, fifth in passing and sixth in total yards.
But it’s not as if they’re rushing for touchdowns just because they’re scoring.
The Rams are averaging 1,852 yards per offense and rank sixth in the game in passing efficiency.
They are fifth among offenses with at most five touchdowns.
The Saints, meanwhile, are ninth in rushing and eighth in passing.
They’re fourth in rushing (1,521), sixth in passing (1) and seventh in passing offense (1.869).
They’re third in passing touchdowns (nine), second in passing yardage (7,814) and second-most in total points scored (6,857).
The Saints are fifth with seven scores.
The offensive efficiency of the Rams offense has been so good that they’re the only offensive team in the entire league with more than four offensive scores, according to our metric.
That’s an accomplishment not easily achieved by most teams.
The other five teams in this group are not only average, they are all the better in our metrics.
The New Orleans offense has also been one to score a lot of touchdowns.
The Saints have scored at least five touchdowns in five of their last six games and they are third with three scores this season (three touchdowns, two interceptions and two rushing scores).
The offense is averaging 6.4 points per game this season for the sixth-most points in the NFC South.
The running game is also producing more than enough points to make up for the lack of rushing, passing and rushing touchdowns on offense.
The two teams leading the NFC in rushing offense are the St. Louis Rams (7.2 per game) and the New York Giants (6.9).
The New Orleans rushing attack is fourth in the conference and leads the league.
The passing offense, meanwhile is the best passing offense in the country, according the metrics.
The Green Bay Packers are fourth in scoring and fifth in yards and points per attempt.
The New York Jets rank second in points per drive and fourth on the league, but the passing offense is eighth in the standings with only three touchdowns scored.
The rushing attack has been a big reason for New Orleans to be such a dominant rushing team this season despite the passing attack’s lackluster scoring.
But the Rams have also been more efficient than their opponents in this regard, ranking first in yards allowed per game and fourth with five touchdowns allowed.
The offensive line has been dominant, and the Saints have not been nearly as effective in pass protection as they have in rushing situations.
New Saints coach Sean Payton is very well aware of the running game’s importance, and he believes the offense can have some success without its best players on the field.
“We know we can be really effective in the running part of the game and also be really efficient with the passing game,” Payton said.
“The rushing part of it, we know we’re good, but we’re not going to do that if we don’t have our guys around.
So, it is what it is.”