At 2-1 on the year and without Drew Brees as starting quarterback for a month, are the New Orleans Saints the most dangerous team in the NFC?
Even though the New Orleans Saints still have a month and change to navigate without starting quarterback Drew Brees, they have to feel pretty good about where they stand in the NFC South. The division is wide open, and despite having to roll with backup Teddy Bridgewater for the next month or so, the Saints are in first place in the division. How dangerous are they or can they be?
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Matt Verderame and Josh Hill, along with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, dissect what makes the Saints so dangerous as a potential contender in the NFC (6:45).
Verderame argues that if the Saints can survive with Bridgewater while Brees nurses his way back to health after undergoing thumb surgery, they can be a dangerous team in the second half. Going .500 with Bridgewater as the starter, followed by a 6-2, maybe even 7-1 second half by the Saints could make them a team nobody wants to play coming out of the NFC.
Getting a win on the road against the Seattle Seahawks was something few expected. It was Bridgewater’s first start of the season and having to go on the road to play among the raucous 12s of CenturyLink Field is never easy. Yet, the Saints found a way to get it done and are rewarded with a one-game division lead for now.
New Orleans has a big opportunity on Sunday Night Football this week. The Saints will host the 3-0 Dallas Cowboys and will be getting three points as a home underdog. Dallas might be the most talented team in the NFC, but the Saints always seem to play the Cowboys close. A key turnover or third-down conversion could have the Saints at 3-1 entering Week 5 with a win over Dallas.
After the Dallas game, the schedule does ease up for the Saints. Just splitting the pair between Seattle and Dallas would have been remarkable. To be in a position where it is possible to take the pair is all the Saints could have asked for in this situation.
Here are a few more topics discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:
- Atlanta Falcons are still alive in the Super Bowl hunt (8:35)
- Cowboys vs. Saints odds (12:40)
- Saints will win the NFC South (35:25)
- The Miami Dolphins aren’t going to win a game (45:00)
All this and more!