I know. It sounds weird. How can we possibly be calling the Saints offense underrated following a three-interception (two of them a pick-six!) showing from Andy Dalton?
Let us explain.
There are a lot of moving pieces in this offense, namely at quarterback. Jameis Winston held the starting job to start the year. Then, a back injury kept him out for a few weeks and he never won the job back from Andy Dalton. On top of that, we still have QB/RB/WR/TE hybrid Taysom Hill rotating in and out under center. It's not pretty, but somehow, it's working. Seriously.
For your enjoyment, here are some super surprising stats about the Saints offense. Don't forget to pick your jaw up off the floor when you're done reading.
The Saints have had the same number of red zone drives (25) and red zone touchdowns (16) as the all-holy, undefeated Eagles.
The Saints rank fifth among NFL teams with 176 points scored this season. They're also tied for the fourth-most yards per play, only behind the Bills, Chiefs, and Seahawks.
They've posted the second-most total yards (2,788) among any team. In the entire NFL. Seriously.
2022 first-round pick Chris Olave leads all rookies with 495 receiving yards despite missing a game due to a concussion. He ranks ninth overall in receiving yards for any wide receiver, ahead of superstars like CeeDee Lamb, D.K. Metcalf and Mike Evans, among others.
Now, can they pull it all together in Week 8 after losing five of their last six games? They sure do have the pieces to do so — as long as they can clean things up a bit.