New Orleans Saints: Are They Quietly NFL's best?

By Robert Cooke
Drew Brees and Sean Payton.
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Not to take anything away from all the other 5-0 teams in the NFL, but the New Orleans Saints are the real deal and could very well be the league’s best team.

The return of Sean Payton left the whole world unsure if the Saints were going to be a contender again this year or not, but it appears that the Saints are back to their old tricks. Many didn’t think the Saints could be a Super bowl contender this year, and I’m sure they’re changing their minds.

The Saints played outdoors and on the road against a tough physical Chicago Bears team and embarrassed them. The Bears’ defense isn’t as good as it has been in years past with the loss off Brian Urlacher, but it’s still pretty good.

Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham lit up the Bears’ defense to put the Saints on top of the NFC South at 5-0. Brees was incredibly accurate, completing 82.8 percent of his passes. At the rate Graham has been playing, he could very well be on pace for a 2,000 yard season. He’s averaging 118.6 yards receiving per game.

The Saints’ defense has picked it up a notch, truly being the reason that the team is as balanced as it is. They kept after the quarterback today, bringing down the Bears’ Jay Cutler three times. New Orleans has beaten some good teams as well. The Bears, Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins have all been formidable opponents.

If the Saints keep playing this way and Brees and Payton keep clicking on the same page, the Saints could be own the title as the league’s best.

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