- Aug 13, 2006
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Yes, the Saints are the best overall team in the NFL.
Week 7 brought us a handful of historic performances, including from Aaron Rodgers, Marvin Jones and the Niners defense. Here's what we learned from a weird weekend of football.
Sean Payton is the Coach of the Year for the first half of the season. It's not particularly close. Sans Brees, the Saints have won five straight games, three of which have come on the road, including back to back tilts. If anyone says they expected the Saints get to 6-1 after Brees went down, feel free to call them a liar. Yet, Payton has done a masterful coaching job, and the New Orleans defense is a smothering hellion, keeping the Saints as the team to beat atop the NFC South. Sunday, Payton rode Murray against a stout defense and made some masterful play calls, including a freakadelic fullback-option pitch to Taysom Hill that went for 23 yards. Beating this Bears defense without Brees and Kamara underscores Payton's exquisite job through seven weeks. Keep it up, and he'll lock down the COY award before Christmas.