Here's where the big national web sites and news outlets have the Saints in the NFL power ranking this week:

- USA Today: Saints 8th; up from 9th - Last time they won without a Drew Brees TD pass? How about 2009, their only Super Bowl team. Good vibes continue for team that's finally diversified.

- ESPN: Saints 9th (up from 14th) - New Orleans' defense is much improved, but it's still not perfect. The Saints are allowing 4.9 yards per rush this season.

- Saints 7th, up from 11th - The defense has taken major steps forward.

- Saints 9th, up from 10th - No comments

- Washington Post: Saints 8th; Remain 8th - Is it time to conclude that the Saints are the team to beat in the NFC South?