Here are Arthur Arkush's five takeaways from a wild early Week 10 slate:
1. The weekend's only game between two opponents with a winning record turned into the weekend's biggest laugher thanks to the most dynamic backfield in the NFL.
The Saints won their seventh consecutive game, 47-10, by running over, around and through a Bills rush 'D' that entered Sunday ranked eighth in the NFL.
New Orleans tallied more than 300 rushing yards and all six of its touchdowns on the ground — three by Mark Ingram, one each by Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees and, for good measure, a 47-yard exclamation point by rookie Trey Edmunds in the fourth-quarter blowout.
That's not a typo: New Orleans scored 47 points, and Brees, who threw for just 184 yards, accounted for none of the scoring with his right arm.
Ingram and Kamara both went over 100 yards, as did Michael Thomas as a receiver for the first time this season, as the Saints went into Buffalo, where the Bills had three extra days rest, and made a compelling argument the NFC may go through New Orleans this season.
Indeed, the Saints became just the second team in NFL history to rattle off seven consecutive wins following an 0-2 start. The other? The 1993 Cowboys, who, of course, went on to win their second consecutive Super Bowl title.
Although Ingram and Kamara will garner many of the headlines — and deservedly so — it's worth noting the Saints' offensive line, together and healthy for the first time this season, mauled Buffalo from whistle to whistle. From a pancake block-in-space by Terron Armstead on Brees' touchdown to Larry Warford returning from a two-game absence to dominate inside, New Orleans was wholly impressive up front.
The Eagles, at 9-1, are still technically the cream of the NFC crop. But they have a MVP candidate at QB, while the Saints have a Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP. Brees hasn't needed to put up big numbers this season but the Saints are nothing if not dangerous in every phase right now. If these two teams are on an NFC title game collision course, well, we'd love to see it.