New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton believes his team's showdown against the New England Patriots this weekend will hinge on which team can best get their offence in order.
The Saints went one better than their 4-0 start last time round with a 5th straight win against the Chicago Bears over the weekend to make them the only unbeaten team in the NFC.
They face perhaps their toughest test to date when they travel to the Gilette Stadium to take on the Pats, whose record currently stands at 4-1.
Both sides have based their winning starts around tight defence, but Payton believes whichever team can execute best in the red zone will emerge victorious.
"Both teams play good defense, (have solid) time of possession, third-down (conversion rate), those are some of the other statistics that we factor in," he said.
"I would say certainly, both teams want to be better in that area offensively and that is why we are out here practicing."
Saints linebacker Junior Galette is less than impressed with the Pats record of allowing on average 14 points-per-game - the second lowest tally in the league.
"Their defense is playing lights out, so do you really look at the numbers or the team that's finding ways to win?" linebacker Junior Galette said. "That's all that really matters."