New Orleans Saints' Next Road Test Comes Against New England Patriots

By jackcavanaugh
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With one road game down and another to come against the New England Patriots next Sunday afternoon, the New Orleans Saints are sitting in a pretty good position. Being one of three undefeated teams in the NFL and the only one in the NFC , the Saints are starting the 2013 season hot and in a very familiar fashion.

The last time New Orleans started 5-0, they ended up winning 13-straight games before losing their final three games and eventually going on to win Super Bowl XLIV against the Peyton Manning led Indianapolis Colts, 31-17.

Regardless of the outcome of the Atlanta FalconsNew York Jets Monday night game tomorrow evening, the Saints will be looking at at least a three-game lead in their division. And with the previously undefeated Seattle Seahawks losing to the Colts Sunday afternoon, suddenly New Orleans’ standing in the NFC and NFL in general are looking up and up.

According to ESPN’s Mike Triplett, the Saints have the best road-record among NFL teams since 2009 at 22-11, and the second best record since 2006 with a total of of 34-23. This, of course, has not been enough to silence the naysayers when they comment that the Saints are just a ‘dome team.’

With their victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, New Orleans shook off some recent bad history, having lost the NFC Championship game there in 2006, and regular season contests in 2007 and 2008.

If the Saints can go marching into Gillete Stadium in Week 6 and claim a victory against the Patriots, they will be on very solid ground. New Orleans has their bye week the following week and will then play against the Buffalo Bills at home in Week 8. If — and this is a big “if” — the Saints can manage a win against the Patriots, there is no reason to think that they won’t be 7-0 by the end of Week 8.

Jack Cavanaugh is a New Orleans Saints contributing writer for Follow him on Twitter @cav_jack, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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