Except Teddy Bridgewater has led them to a 3-0 record since and first place in the NFC South. Bridgewater threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
The Saints also increased their steady climb in the latest AP Pro32 poll , moving one spot to No. 2.
''Sean Payton is performing like the Coach of the Year,'' Newsday's Bob Glauber said.