It doesn’t matter if you’re the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers, the Green Bay Packers, or the Cleveland Browns. You shouldn’t be looking forward to your matchup with the New Orleans Saints, either in the regular season or the post season.
Marques Colston might have retired, but in comes Ohio State rookie WR Michael Thomas, who looks to have all of the potential of Colston in his prime. Benjamin Watson left in free agency to the Ravens, but the Saints snagged young TE Coby Fleener from the Colts. Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Mark Ingram, and C.J. Spiller are returning offensive playmakers from last season. Veteran WR Hakeem Nicks looks to make the Saints roster out of camp, bringing veteran presence to a young core group of pass-catchers. The Saints offense hasn’t been a question mark in the entire Sean Payton-era, but look for it to improve on last year’s already good numbers.
1. The offensive weapons have improved.
2. The Saints D will get after the QB.
3. The Saints secondary is healthy (and minus Brandon Browner).
4. The D has had a full offseason with Dennis Allen.
5. Drew Brees is still a Top QB in the NFL.