New Orleans Saints (7-0)
What they’ve done well: The Saints are on their way. Drew Brees directs an explosive offense, which is now backed by a hard-hitting defense. New Orleans ranks 1st in yards per game (427.3) and are 3rd in average yards per play (6.3 yards). The Saints simply can outscore every opponent. Their 39.0 points per game is nine points per game better than the 2nd-ranked Vikings. On the defensive side, the Saints rank 11th in yards allowed per game and have forced the issue with 13 interceptions.
Needs improvement: The Saints are not a perfect team but they have established a strong offense, an effective defense and fine special teams play. They will be tested in the marathon sprint that is the NFL. What worked in September and October does not always work in December and January. Can the Saints sustain their early success? The pass defense is vulnerable, giving up 214.3 yards per game and ranking 16th overall.http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sport ... 32172.html