Much has been made of the Atlanta Falcons beating inferior opponents - often unimpressively - en route to a perfect record at the season's halfway point.
They'll get another team with a losing record Sunday, but the New Orleans Saints appear to be on the rise.
In what could be a high-scoring affair at the Superdome, the Falcons look to remain unbeaten when they face a Saints team trying for a fourth win in five games.
Atlanta (8-0) is running away with the NFC South, ahead of second-place Tampa Bay by four games - the largest division lead in the league. Defending South champion New Orleans (3-5) is five back.
The Falcons are just the 15th team since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 to start 8-0, yet they're still receiving criticism. They haven't had to face the stiffest competition, having played teams with a combined winning percentage of .369, and they've occasionally struggled.
"We're not concerned with the doubters," Michael Turner said after last Sunday's 19-13...