The New Orleans Saints come out of their bye in the midst of a two-game winning streak and looking to make their name known as a legitimate playoff threat in the NFC.
Most will point to an improved defense as the reason why New Orleans turned it around following an 0-2 start to the season. And for good reason. After boasting legitimately the worst defense in the NFL the past two seasons, New Orleans has yielded a grand total of 13 points over the past two games and shut out the Miami Dolphins in its last outing.
Though, Drew Brees and the team’s offense continues to shine. This unit has yet to turn the ball over a single time in four games. If that trend continues Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the Saints will hold a new NFL record.
Acccording to the Elias Sports Bureau (h/t ESPN), New Orleans would then become the first team in league history to open the season without a single giveaway through five games.
It’s an interesting dynamic to look at. Despite his Hall of Fame credentials, Brees has been known to commit turnovers. In fact, he’s thrown double-digit interceptions in each of the past 12 seasons. Over the course of the past five years, Brees is averaging 15 interceptions.
Though four games, the 10-time Pro Bowler is completing 69 percent of his passes with eight scores and zero picks. That’s definitely a recipe for success for a team many didn’t consider a playoff contender heading into the season.