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Saints' clock control a factor in 5-0 start

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago October 07, 2013 Oct 7, 2013 Monday, October 07 2013 October 07, 2013 3:46 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

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.

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