Last night’s 22-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens notwithstanding, no one should even remotely make the mistake in thinking that the New Orleans Saints are anything else but a legitimate threat to win it all this year. Believe me when I tell you that if there were anything more that could have given a clearer indication as to what both fans of the Who Dat Nation and national analysts already think of the New Orleans Saints at this moment, then it was a half-empty (because alot of folks didn’t care about attending a meaningless game) 75,000 seat Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints are like an elite military fighting unit; poised and ready to enter into battle to win at any cost. There is no doubt in my mind that they are serious Super Bowl XLIX contenders.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) August 27, 2014
Last night’s field goal fest by All-Pro Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker in a game that had less meaning than a school-girl’s crush on Justin Bieber shouldn’t take anything away from that belief. If anything, last week’s DOMINANT performance by the Saints’ starting unit against the Colts in Indianapolis yielded a more accurate revelation into the type of year that is expected for the Saints franchise in 2014. Outside of Seattle, San Francisco, Green Bay, and maybe Philadelphia in the NFC and New England and Denver in the AFC — no team is more prepared to make a run at the World Championship than the Saints are.
Surely it should go without saying that the Saints do not get all of the national press and sickening hype given to the Seahawks, 49’ers or the Broncos; but it shouldn’t at all lessen or take away from the promise that this team has shown since the early days of Training Camp practices at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. I’ve stated it previously in another article and I’ll say it again here: barring any sort of catastrophic injury (I won’t jinx it by saying his name outright); there can be no reason to assume that the team that seems to be flying under nearly every national expert’s radar (remember 2009???) at the moment, is nothing less than a favorite to take home the trophy in early February.
The Saints offense, led by Brees, should easily be in the top five, if not the best, in the entire League. They’re incredibly deep at receiver, tough in the middle of the line, balanced (finally, it would appear) at running back, and in possession of probably the very best and most dynamic tight end in the league. With the addition of rookie sensation Brandin Cooks thrown into the mix for good measure, it’s going to be awfully tough every Sunday to stop these guys. The defense got much-needed secondary help from free agent Jairus Byrd to add to the talent already in place with safety Kenny Vaccaro and lock-down CB Keenan Lewis; and now with the sudden emergence of young talent on a very promising defensive line such as that of Tyrunn Walker, this team is overflowing with potential.
I wrote this before 1st preseason game and he has lived up to it. DL. Tyrunn Walker is the most improved D Player on team in 2014.
— Michael Detillier (@MikeDetillier) August 29, 2014
Now, I get that basing things simply on “potential” can be a dangerous thing; and please believe me when I tell you that I do understand that completely. But rocket science isn’t required when you’re watching this team fire on all cylinders, to realize that they’re among the absolute best in the entire NFL. Unless you’re in complete denial of the capabilities that the Saints possess (like an Atlanta Falcons fan, for example), then there can’t be any linering doubt about what possibly lies ahead for New Orleans in 2014. Good things should happen for this team this season, and by good I mean championship -winning good.
Saints season preview: No crippling weakness on this Super Bowl-caliber roster http://t.co/VT5UsI58ib
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 28, 2014
It just so happens that Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona is scheduled for February 1, and Mardi Gras will be in full swing around that very same time (as it was back in 2009) headed toward Fat Tuesday on Feb. 17th. Is there any doubt that every parade in the metropolitan NOLA area, from Metairie to Magazine Street, would have a Saints player as its king? I sure don’t think so, and neither should anyone else in the League. If the Saints can live up to the expectations placed upon them — then there isn’t any reason to think that there couldn’t be another party with the Lombardi on the horizon…………………………………