For the first 21 minutes of Monday night’s game the Miami Dolphins did something that no other defense had been able to do against the New Orleans Saints all season. They contained tight end Jimmy Graham holding him without a single catch.

The only problem? The Dolphins allowed Saints running back Darren Sproles to rack up more than 100 receiving yards during that span.

Then when Miami finally started focusing on Sproles Graham wound up with 100 receiving yards of his own as the Saints’ offense exploded in a 38-17 victory inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns while the Saints moved to 4-0 on the season -- a far cry from their 0-4 start in 2012.

“Well 0-4 to 4-0 this feels a lot better” Brees deadpanned afterward. “But still we haven’t played our best football and it feels good to say that. We left some opportunities out there tonight. We scored 38 but it should’ve been more.”

Believe it or not Brees is probably right. The Saints’ passing offense is starting to show signs of finding the same rhythm it had in 2011 when Brees shattered Dan Marino’s passing mark with 5476 yards and 46 touchdown passes.

The Saints still need to find a running game; that has been practically nonexistent this year. But clearly they’ve rediscovered the nearly-indefensible combination of Graham and Sproles (not to mention receiver Marques Colston and several other weapons in their versatile attack).

“We tried a variety of different coverages. We tried zone. We tried man. We tried some pressures” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said of the unique matchup problems the Saints present.