It has not been an easy road for the Saints.
New Orleans has faced some of the better teams in the NFL through six games of the 2009 season.
The Giants and Eagles are perennial NFC powers, the Jets look like a playoff team and the Dolphins made the playoffs last year.
Thus New Orleans has earned all the respect pundits and experts give them.
Drew Brees is the real deal at quarterback and he makes every receiver around him look good, such as Marques Colston (who is a big part of the offense).
Only a run game and a respectable defense have held him back in previous seasons. Both are remedied thanks to the legs of running back Mike Bell and Darren Sharper.
From there the stats show they have a great chance of going unbeaten.
Coming into tonight’s tussle with the Atlanta Falcons New Orleans leads the league in points (39.7) and total yards (427.3) per game.
In addition the Saints are third in rushing yards (154.5 per game) and sixth in passing yards (272.8).
Those facts point to an offensive prowess that is a tall order for any defense, especially for a Falcons unit that allowed 37 points to Dallas and three touchdowns through the air.
The only way Atlanta stands a chance in this game is if Michael Turner can eat up yards, run off the clock and keep Brees and company off the field.
From there Thomas DeCoud and company have to step up and not give up big plays down-field.
This reporter doubts Atlanta can do enough of those things to keep up in a sure-fire shoot-out.
Expect the Saints to roll to a 52-36 victory over the Falcons with a 250 plus yard pass game from Brees and 100 yards rushing for Bell or Thomas.