The New Orleans Saints are playing the most exciting football right now in the NFL. If you watched the Monday Night Football game, you saw two division rivals slug it out with the Saints still proving their dominance in the NFC.
How good are the Saints?
- They committed four turnovers and still won the game.
- Jabari Greer's 48-yard interception return TD is the Saints' NFL-best sixth defensive score this season. For comparison's sake, the Browns have an NFL-worst five offensive touchdowns.
- The Saints have scored 273 points this season, fourth most through seven games in NFL history and second most in a 7-0 start ('07 Patriots had 279).
Drew Brees leads this team and he is throwing the football perfectly where only his receivers can catch it. His receivers are helping by making some unbelievable catches too.
Their defense was underrated coming into this season but they held off a late charge by the Falcons to seal the victory.
They are the only unbeaten team in the NFC. They have a three game lead in the AFC South. There's no stopping this train now.
So how long can the Saints remain undefeated?
Looking at their upcoming schedule the next three games they face the Carolina Panthers at home, the St. Louis Rams and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road. Combined they are 4-18. They're all horrible.
Assuming they beat them they will be 10-0 heading into a week 11 mega match up with the New England Patriots at home.
The Saints aren't strangers to big matchups at home this season.
Earlier this season the Saints face a then red-hot New York Jets with their fearsome defense, who were 3-0 including a win against the Patriots, and everyone talking about how much poised rookie QB Mark Sanchez had.
The Saints reminded him how much he still has to learn by pressuring him into three typical rookie interceptions and winning 24-10. Check.
Two weeks later they faced another red-hot team the New York Giants who were arguably the best team in all of football up to that point. They came in 5-0 and just stomped a hapless Oakland Raiders team 44-7.
The game wasn't even close in the end. Drew Brees torched the Giants' league leading defense throwing for 369 yards and 4 TDs.
The Giants came into the game giving up averages of 210.6 yards and 14.2 points. The Saints had 34 points and 315 yards by halftime. If you didn't know the final score, 48-27, you could get a sense of how lopsided this victory was. Check.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say they beat the Patriots in week 11.
After that the only real three tests they face will be playing in Atlanta, who will be seeking revenge, at home against Dallas and the final game of the season on the road against the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers will likely still be a bad team but if the Saints are undefeated going into that game, it will feel like a Super Bowl with the pressure of a perfect season in reach.
With all that said, will the Saints have an undefeated season?
Yes. With the weak AFC South, favorable home schedule, an attacking defense, offensive mastermind Sean Payton, Drew Brees, and the best home field advantage in the Superdome, the Saints just might be marching to a perfect season.