Looking at this Week 4 matchup before the season started, there probably weren't a lot of people predicting the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints game to be a showdown between unbeatens. With both teams sitting at 3-0 following surprisingly hot starts, that's exactly what this is.
The return of Sean Payton to the sideline in New Orleans has certainly been a big part of the Saints' 2013 turnaround, but perhaps equally significant to the 3-0 start is the addition of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. A year after allowing the most offensive yards in the history of the league, the Saints defense has surrendered only five touchdowns in three games and is limiting opponents to an average of 295.7 yards per contest, good for fourth in the league.
The Saints jumping out to 3-0 isn't all that surprising. But the Dolphins? It hasn't been easy -- the combined margin of victory in their last two wins is just seven points -- but Miami is finding a way to win. Second-year signal caller Ryan Tannehill is getting it done with a 94.7 rating through three games and tossed the game-winning touchdown pass with just 38 seconds remaining in last week's 27-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Monday, Sept. 30, 8:40 p.m. ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
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