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5 Reasons Why New Orleans Saints Are Undefeated In Week 6

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5 Reasons Why The New Orleans Saints Are Undefeated In Week 6

5 Reasons The New Orleans Saints Are Undefeated Heading Into Week 6
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The New Orleans Saints came into the 2013 season with mixed expectations. Would they return to the dominant team they were just a couple of years ago, or would they continue to regress into NFL obscurity? Well, a 5-0 start has answered those questions emphatically.

While the return of Sean Payton has re-lit the fuse in the Big Easy, it’s been the dominant defense that has been the biggest difference from last year. That defense, led by new coordinator Rob Ryan, has been aggressive and opportunistic all season long. Last year, they were a huge liability, and this year they’re keeping up their part of the bargain with the offense.

But, of course, the Saints are always led by Brees and the passing game. New Orleans is second in the league in passing, only behind the otherworldly Denver Broncos. Brees has been at his best this year, throwing for 12 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He’s spread the ball around like he always does, making especially good use of shifty running back Darren Sproles in the passing game.

The Saints have established themselves as one of the true contenders for the title this year. They’re a balanced team with an aggressive defense led by a high-flying passing attack. They’re built just like you want a championship team to be built in today’s game. Throw in one of the league’s best strategists on the sidelines, and you have everything you could want in an NFL team.

There’s a lot of football left to be played this season, but these are the five reasons the Saints are undefeated heading into Week 6.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. Drew Brees Is Still One Of The Best

Drew Brees
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Wins and losses are on the shoulders of the quarterback more than anyone, and Drew Brees continues to remind us all why he's one of the best right now.

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4. An Easy Schedule So Far

Easy Schedule
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The five teams the Saints beat are a combined 10-14 heading into Week 6. That's all going to change when they face off against the 4-1 New England Patriots this week.

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3. Turnover Differential

Turnover Differential
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No stat in all of sports is as closely related to wins and losses as turnover differential in football. The Saints are second in the league at +6, behind only the Seattle Seahawks.

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2. Sean Payton Is Back Calling Plays

Sean Payton
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Sean Payton is on a mission to remind the world that he's one of the best football coaches around. So far, so good.

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1. The Defense Is Really Good

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Last year the Saints were one of the worst defenses in the league, and this year they're one of the best. If they keep it up, the wins are going to follow all season long.

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