3 reasons the New Orleans Saints are better than the San Francisco 49ers

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 06: Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saintsreacts with Erik McCoy #78 of the New Orleans Saintsafter scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of a NFL game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 06: Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saintsreacts with Erik McCoy #78 of the New Orleans Saintsafter scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of a NFL game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Competition

The New Orleans Saints should also be considered the better team because of the competition they’ve played. It’s also important to note that many of these games they’ve been without Drew Brees.

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That said, the Saints’ first four opponents have a combined record of 22-11. That’s pretty impressive as they had close, competitive games which the Seahawks, Rams, Texans and Cowboys.

Their next four games, which they won by a combined 47 points, weren’t quite as difficult. They took on the Bucs, Jags, Cardinals, and Bears, all teams under .500. It’ll continue to be on the easier side as the Saints enter the back half of the schedule next week.

However, because of that first month of the season, their competition has been more difficult, proving they’re set to handle the league’s best.

As for San Fran, six of their eight games have been against teams that aren’t above .500. Yes, they’ve put most of them away easily, but they even allowed Washington to hang around, beating the Redskins just 9-0.

A 51-13 downing of the Panthers was a compelling fight, but it’s been their only real showing as their only other average team was missing their star running back. I want to see the 49ers dominate Seattle in Week 10 before giving them the keys to Super Bowl contention.

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