In the last five years, the Saints are just under .500 with a 39-41 win-loss record. In contrast, the Patriots are 62-18 with a winning pct. near 78%. Why?
The New Orleans Saints battle the New England Patriots every four years. As a matter of fact, the teams will meet yet again in 2017. This time, the Saints will have the Patriots at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Both teams have gone completely different ways in five years. The Saints have had four 7-9 seasons with one 11-5 record in between. Even more, the three losing seasons in a row really sting. Conversely, the New England Patriots last year went 14-2 with four 12-4 seasons in a row.
The Saints have fired coaches. Players have come and gone. Nevertheless, the Saints have not made progress, as far as wins and losses since 2012. The 7-9 record is almost a curse that seems to be a predictable outcome as of late.
There are some similarities between the two teams. Both the Patriots and the Saints have future Hall of Fame quarterbacks with Tom Brady and Drew Brees. By the same token, the fan bases are equally supportive in each city. The level of knowledge and enthusiasm are extremely high in Boston and New Orleans.
So what is the missing piece? Is there something that the Patriots have that the Saints don’t have? Of course, there are other teams that have fared much worse. The Saints have not been at the bottom. In fact, the argument can be made that a few plays here and there, and the Saints could be 10-6 in some of those years.
However, the fact of the matter is reality bites for the most part of the last five years. Ironically, the Saints were labeled as one of the worse franchises in history for the first 20 years. The Saints finally broke through in the 80’s by making it into the playoffs for the first time. In addition, 20 years later the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl. Now the Saints find themselves in a quandry. How will history remember the Saints from 2017-2020? Time will tell.
Regardless, the Patriots have proved to be resilient. The New England Patriots lost their first two Super Bowls in 1985 and 1996. After, the Patriots would win FIVE Super Bowls from 2001-2016. Furthermore, the Patriots have made an appearance in almost half the Super Bowls played.
Hopefully, this is the year the Saints will start bucking the trend. All streaks come to an end. The Saints just need to break through.