The New Orleans Saints hold a slim first place lead in the NFC South, but there's a stat that shows the gap in quality between the Saints and the field is wide.
The New Orleans Saints currently are in sole possession of the woebegone NFC South, but as the saying goes "in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king", and as of right now the Saints are currently on the throne. While the gap in the standings and win column are narrow, this stat shows that there may be a wider margin between the four teams than the win totals let on.
As it stands currently, the Saints are perched at the top with a record of 5-4, followed by the 4-5 Atlanta Falcons, 3-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and finally the 1-7 Carolina Panthers at the caboose. This doesn't tell the entire story however.
The difference in point differential is just appalling. The Saints point differential at this point is +24, then the Bucs with -9, then the Falcons at -26, and naturally the Panthers once again bringing up the rear at a staggering -86. Let's be real, the other three teams look like they're playing a different sport than the Saints based on these numbers.
Now yes, the Buccaneers did hand the Dennis Allen's Saints their heads earlier in the year, but they are a different team now, and appear to be barreling towards the seemingly inevitable Kyle Trask-era. Meanwile, the Falcons can't be trusted, and of course the Panthers are the Panthers.
So what does this mean? Well, it means what we've thought was gonna be the case since the summer. The NFC South is the New Orleans Saints division to lose. Given the upcoming schedule and the trajectory of every team, not to mention how Derek Carr stacks up against the other quarterbacks, and there's little reason to believe we wont' see a playoff game being played in the Superdome.