The New Orleans Saints have been having a great season so far with the return of Sean Payton. After finishing 7-9 last season, things are looking up; the team is at 5-1 entering their bye week. The Saints have been one of the best teams in the NFL and it is not a stretch to say that they could be Super Bowl contenders.
The Saints started out 5-0 before losing a heartbreaker to the New England Patriots in Week 6. Despite the loss, there was a lot to like about how the Saints played against the Patriots. The Patriots’ defense shut out Jimmy Graham, but the offense adjusted and the Saints even had the lead until the last five seconds. The Saints’ offense has always been their calling card and Drew Brees always finds a way to spread the ball around. However, it has been the Saints’ defense that has been so impressive this season.
After switching defensive coordinators and using a new defensive scheme, the Saints’ defense has been the difference in their success this season. Rob Ryan has the defense playing great and their nonexistent pass-rush is a thing of the past. Led by Junior Galette, Martez Wilson, and Cameron Jordan the Saints have sacked opposing quarterbacks 20 times so far this season, which is fifth best in the NFL. Furthermore, the Saints’ secondary has not been too shabby picking off eight passes so far this season, seventh most in the NFL.
The Saints’ offense is clicking on all cylinders and their defense has been a pleasant surprise this season. Also, the Saints are sitting pretty well right now as they own a 2.5 game lead in the NFC south division, and barring a meltdown should be a shoe-in for the postseason. The NFC is a tough division, but the Saints have a prolific offense and strong defense and that is a potent combination for Super Bowl caliber teams.
Only time will tell if the Saints make it to the big game, but given how they have been playing it is starting to look more and more like a strong possibility. The road will not be easy, but the Saints have the players and coaches to get the job done.