Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton on the sidelines in the second quarter of their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints' Tests Just Beginning With Dolphins

The New Orleans Saints have a matchup with an undefeated team in the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football in what will be a true test for the team. The scary part?

That’s just the beginning.

Things get worse for the Saints after the encounter with the Dolphins as Peter Finney of details:

It’s not merely the 3-0 start, it’s how they got there, overcoming the loss of as many, or more, key defensive players on defense as there were on offense.

When you allow your first three opponents 17 points (Falcons), 14 (Buccaneers) and seven (Cardinals), a 3-0 getaway is no shock.

Now Payton is looking at an early-season schedule that sends his troops against three tough teams — the Dolphins at home, the Bears and Patriots on the road — that will give him a better idea of what kind of ball club he has going into an October bye week.

It’s one thing to move past the Atlanta Falcons at home and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road, but to take on the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots in consecutive weeks will give us a good idea as to how great this Saints team can truly be.

How do you think the stretch will play out?

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