1. The Saints have passed all the tests and overcome all the hurdles
Most teams would absolutely crumble if they lost their franchise quarterback who also happens to be a Hall of Fame quarterback that will go down as one of the three-best of all-time. Not the Saints.
Instead, the Saints had more than a capable backup ready in Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater proved why the Saints made him the highest-paid backup quarterback in the league and led the team to a 5-0 record under center.
He did start out a little slow and was just a game manager at first, however, he got better with every week that passed.
It is not just Brees that the team had to overcome as the team has also been dealing with a banged-up Alvin Kamara for the last three weeks. He has not played in the last two and in his absence Latavius Murray has been nothing short of exceptional.
The only constant has been the stellar offensive lines. Aside from that, the football gods have attempted to put the Saints through the wringer and the Saints have not budged whatsoever.