Despite Sunday’s 26-20 loss to the New York Jets, the Saints’ defense moved up in the NFL stats in two of the more important categories — fewest yards allowed and passing defense.

The Saints (6-2) moved up three spots in total defense to ninth at 333.1 yards per game after the Jets finished the day with 338 total yards. The Saints also moved up four spots to fifth against the pass when they held the Jets to 140 net yards.

But the Saints dropped five spots to 25th in rushing defense at 121.3 yards per game after they gave up a season-high 198 yards to the Jets with former teammate Chris Ivory gaining 139 yards on his own.

The Saints also went from fourth to fifth in scoring defense at 18.3 per game after they gave up more than 19 points for only the second time in eight games.

Offensively, the Saints, who host the Dallas Cowboys (5-4) on Sunday night, dropped one spot in total yardage as well as rushing and passing and fell two spots in scoring.

They are now seventh in total yards (397.4), fourth in passing (317.6) and 26th in rushing (79.8) and are seventh in scoring (27.0).

Here are the pertinent numbers for Sunday night’s game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:

SAINTS (6-2)

Offense: Total yards, 397.4 (7); rushing, 79.8 (26); passing, 317.6 (4); scoring, 27.0 (7).

Defense: Total yards, 333.1 (9); rushing, 121.3 (25); passing, 211.9 (5); scoring, 18.3 (5).

Turnover differential: Plus-6 (t7)/9 giveaways (7 interceptions, 2 fumbles), 15 takeaways (9 interceptions, 6 fumble recoveries).

COWBOYS (5-4)

Offense: Total yards, 342.8 (17); rushing, 75.7 (27); passing, 267.1 (9); scoring, 28.6 (4).

Defense: Total yards, 419.2 (31); rushing, 114.0 (16); passing, 305.2 (31); scoring, 23.2 (15).

Turnover differential: Plus-10 (2)/11 giveaways (6 interceptions, 5 fumbles), 21 takeaways (12 interceptions, 9 fumble recoveries).