Saints' clock control a factor in 5-0 start
METAIRIE - For Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints, time of possession is of the essence.
Payton says it's "an important statistic" which has played a role in New Orleans' 5-0 start.
The Saints' fourth-ranked offense has had the ball for an average of 34:37 per game, which led the NFL heading into Monday night's game. The ability of New Orleans' 11th-ranked defense to force some quick punts or turnovers has had something to do with that as well.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins says time of possession "is really a team stat," and a key indicator that the Saints' offense, defense and special teams are each contributing to victories.
The Saints had the ball 36 minutes in a 26-18 victory in Chicago on Sunday. The Saints play next at New England.