"Luke McCown did his best Drew Brees impression Sunday, throwing for 300 yards and completing 81.6 percent of his passes," ESPN says in the rankings. "However, also just like Brees this season, McCown lost."
Only the Chicago Bears are ranked below the Saints at No. 32.
The New England Patriots are No. 1 in the poll, followed by the Arizona Cardinals (2), Green Bay Packers (3), Denver Broncos (4) Cincinnati Bengals (5) and NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons (6).
The Saints host Dallas on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Cowboys are ranked No. 11 in the NFL poll.