The New Orleans Saints are riding a five-game win streak, but the defense has been giving up more yards in recent weeks. John DeShazier, of the Times-Picayune, has the story, below.

Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints sacks Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Saints won 34-30.

Courtesy---John DeShazier/Times-Picayune

The reservoir of good will earned by the New Orleans Saints' defense isn't in danger of drying up any time soon.

Not after it covered the assets of the offense and special teams for weeks earlier this season, when both of them couldn't find their footing and combined to jeopardize a few games.

But some of the excess is seeping off.

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