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By-The-Numbers: Saints 2-0 but not in usual ways

Junior Galette (#93) and the New Orleans Saints have won their first two games behind the strength of a much-improved defense (Photo: Parker Waters).Junior Galette (#93) and the New Orleans Saints have won their first two games behind the strength of a much-improved defense (Photo: Parker Waters).

Who are these guys?

Though the New Orleans Saints are one of eight 2-0 teams in the NFL, they're not doing it in their usual ways, according to the latest league statistics.

One of the most efficient offenses in the league over the last eight years since the arrival of Sean Payton and Drew Brees, the Saints currently rank last in the NFL in red zone offense. In seven trips inside the 20-yard line this season, New Orleans has scored just one touchdown.

A team that set the NFL record for first downs in 2011 currently ranks tied for 17th in that category.

Even Brees finds himself a pedestrian 19th in the league in passer rating.

Now the good news. Just one season after giving up the most yards in league history, the Saints rank second in the NFC (behind only Seattle) and 11th in the NFL in yards allowed this year.

And after a career game in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay, Jimmy Graham leads all NFL tight ends in receptions and receiving yards.

Garrett Hartley, who is 6-for-7 on field goals through two games, ranks second in the NFL among kickers with 21 points scored. His special teams counterpart, punter/kickoff specialist Thomas Morstead, is tied for third in the league in touchbacks on kickoffs.

 

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