NFL Power Rankings: Why the New Orleans Saints Run the NFC South

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NFL Power Rankings: Why the New Orleans Saints Run the NFC South
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Against the Carolina Panthers, the New Orleans Saints looked as if they were struggling against a franchise that has yet to even discover their prime.

Although the Panthers are well-equipped with star rookie QB Cam Newton, a bevy of receiving options, an RB who has maintained his footing and a strangling defense, the Saints are far more advanced in every aspect. Drew Brees’ winning drive towards the end of the game stands strong as proof of his experience over Newton’s tantalizing arm strength.

After dismantling Carolina’s defense, the New Orleans Saints have improved to 4-1. Their only loss came from the season’s opener against Green Bay. Even in that contest Drew Brees accumulated 400-plus yards. Looking around the rest of the division, it is hard to say that, early in the season, the Saints do not have things completely controlled.

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