1. The Saints’ defense can go toe-to-toe with the Bears’ defense
If I would have surveyed fans at the beginning of the NFL season and asked which defense was better, the Chicago Bears or New Orleans Saints, then most people without bias would have picked the Bears.
Nobody expected the Saints defense to be terrible entering the season, but they looked to be right around league average and there were some concerns with how the secondary would play.
Since Brees’ injury, though, the Saints’ defense has been phenomenal. The defense had a big fumble recovery touchdown in Seattle and held the Seahawks up until garbage time, they held the Dallas Cowboys to just 10 points, and just this week they held the Jacksonville Jaguars to six points.
Chris Godwin did have a big day against the Saints in Week 5 but he has been having big days against everyone and it was another garbage-time touchdown that made that game look closer than it actually was.
Marshon Lattimore has really stepped it up and the defensive line is at full strength, creating a combination that has made it very tough on opposing offenses.
The defense has not just been better than we expected, it has been legitimately great. The Chicago Bears might still have the edge because of the number of playmakers on the field but the Saints certainly are not far behind.