Different paths led DE Jordan and OLB Galette together as the best Saints sack tandem in years

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While Saints coaches hoped former first-round draft pick Cameron Jordan would emerge as an elite pass rusher this season, they didn't expect Junior Galette to start.

Now the pair comprise best pass-rushing tandem the Saints have had in years, combining for 20 1/2 sacks through 13 games.

Jordan, a defensive end out of the University of California, has a career-high 11 1/2 sacks, making him the first Saints player since Will Smith in 2009 to surpass 10 sacks.

Galette, who was undrafted out of Division II Stillman in 2010, isn't far behind. He has a career-high nine sacks.

The only teammates to combine for more sacks this season are Kansas City's Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, who each have 11.

The Saints play at St. Louis on Sunday.