Arrow indicates direction team is trending. Final Power Ranking: 6 Preseason Power Ranking: 14 Biggest surprise: Definitely the defense. Heading into this season, I was one of many who wrote that the Saints would be contenders this year if their defense could just get back to being a middle-of-the-pack unit after a disastrous 2012 performance. Instead, they were one of the NFL's best -- and they were the driving force behind several victories.via - NFL Nation