NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - The New Orleans Saints climbed five spots from No. 23 to No. 18 in this week's NFL Power Rankings.
The Saints beat Tampa Bay 24-17 on Sunday, improving to 5-8 on the season.
NFC South division rival Carolina is ranked No. 1, followed by the Arizona Cardinals, the New England Patriots, the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Saints host No. 25 Detroit Monday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Lions (4-9) dropped five spots after losing to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
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