Despite their forgettable outing in St. Louis last Sunday, the New Orleans Saints are still very much in contention for a 12-win season, and they’ve turned in some great performances in their 2013 campaign.
The Saints are 10-4 and in play for another NFC South title as well as the No. 2 seed in the conference's playoff bracket.
Since coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees arrived in 2006, the Saints have obliterated numerous offensive records.
What makes this season different from most others in the Payton-Brees era, however, is that some of the Saints’ better performances have come on the defensive side of the ball, as new coordinator Rob Ryan has orchestrated a true turnaround from last season.
Most of New Orleans' best performances this year are highlighted with impressive statistics, and the more prolific the numbers, the better the ranking on this list. A few other efforts, meanwhile, weren't as quantifiable and were simply great displays of football being played at the highest level.
Following, in descending order, are the ten best performances of the Saints’ 2013 season.