Posted: Oct 1, 2013 5:58 PM by AP
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Four games into Sean Payton's return from NFL exile, the Saints look a lot more like the 13-3 team he coached two seasons ago than the 7-9 team he was banned from associating with last year.
Drew Brees is leading a quick-strike offense that has put up big numbers in consecutive lopsided victories. An aggressive defense is getting turnovers and timely stops.
The result is a 4-0 start, an early 2Â½-game lead in the NFC South and an energized fan base that rocked the Superdome during a 38-17 victory over previously unbeaten Miami on Monday night.
Receiver Marques Colston says the Saints are off to exactly the start they wanted, but can't let their early success distract them from improving as they prepare to head to Chicago this Sunday.