New England, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and New Orleans are the four best teams in the NFL, writes PFW's Hub Arkush, who says nobody is playing at the Patriots' level right now.
The Saints started the season slowly, but with veteran S Darren Sharper back healthy and second-year FS Malcolm Jenkins playing well, the Saints' defense has returned to its "Super" form.
This week, PFW selects Patriots QB Tom Brady, Saints FS Malcolm Jenkins and Cardinals PK Jay Feely as its Players of the Week.
Drew Brees threw for three scores, Malcolm Jenkins returned one of his two interceptions 96 yards for his first career touchdown, and New Orleans won its sixth straight game 31-13 over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Undrafted rookie Chris Ivory has made a major impression on head coach Sean Payton, who has said he doesn't want to reduce Ivory's workload even though Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas are getting back to 100 percent.
Drew Brees passed Archie Manning as the Saints' all-time leading passer Sunday, then rallied New Orleans to its fifth straight win, 34-30 over the Cincinnati Bengals
In his 11th season, 33-year-old Danny Clark is past his prime, but he has been an unsung hero for the Saints' defense in his second stint with the team.
The Bengals-Saints game in Cincinnati will be blacked out on local television because the game is not a sellout.
Saints QB Drew Brees was named Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year on Tuesday, becoming the 57th recipient of the award.
Hopefully owners didn't immediately reinsert Reggie Bush into their lineups upon his return. If they did, they were surely disappointed.
After missing the previous eight games while recovering from a broken fibula, Saints RB Reggie Bush returned against the Cowboys in Week 12, and his involvement on offense was limited.
Saints DE Will Smith was arrested and charged with domestic abuse battery early Saturday morning.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have recovered from blowing a 17-point lead by marching 89 yards for a go-ahead touchdown with 1:55 left to pull out a 30-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.
RB Reggie Bush is active for the first time since Week Two, as the Saints meet the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Bush had been sidelined with an injury to his fibula.
Buccaneers OG Davin Joseph could be rather expensive to re-sign once the 2011 free-agent signing period begins, but GM Mark Dominik is expected to do whatever it takes to retain the highly regarded Joseph.