The New Orleans Saints are the NFC’s best team. While they may not be the best team in the NFL, they certainly can create a case for that too.
There’s no denying the New Orleans Saints improved this offseason. Coming off a 13-3 season, the Saints put together a terrific offseason headlined for the addition of speedster Emmanuel Sanders from the 49ers.
A few other moves including Vonn Bell signing in Cincinnati, the drafting of Cesar Ruiz and Zack Baun, the releasing of Larry Warford and the addition of Malcolm Jenkins. Overall, while it’s tough to say this team got that much better, they had little room to improve.
After all that, how good are there relative to the league’s best teams? Many will agree the Kansas City Chiefs still sit atop the league. Then, many have the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens. It’s also hard to argue with that one.
However, the Saints come in at No. 3. Pro Football Talk’s Peter King updated his power rankings, and he’s loving the New Orleans Saints as the NFL’s third-best team in 2020 as well.
“To make it to Super Bowl 55, New Orleans will have to be better than up-and-coming San Francisco and the pesky Bucs. In its last 33 regular-season games, New Orleans is 23-5 against the rest of the league and 3-2 against the Bucs . . . and now Tampa will have Tom Brady playing quarterback. A fascinating January should be on tap, whatever happens,” King wrote. That was only an excerpt of King’s entire three-paragraph explanation of his rankings for the Saints.
It’s really not a shocker.
Drew Brees who is now a year into his 40s has continued to dominant, notching the league’s highest completion percentage for the third straight season. On top of that, the team retained Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas while shoring up their offensive line.
Their defense behind Cam Jordan and the newcomer Baun should be impressive.
While it may not be a top-ten unit, Demario Davis and company will make sure it’s far from a weakness. The combined firepower should make New Orleans virtually impossible to beat, one reason Vegas has them as the only team projected to down the 49ers.
The Saints have competition in their division and in their conference. The Tom Brady-led Bucs and reigning NFC Champs San Fran will both be knocking at their door, but the improved Saints should check every mark of a Super Bowl-caliber team.