The New Orleans Saints will make history for the division if they can claim a fourth-straight NFC South title, surpassing Carolina’s record of three.
Did the New Orleans Saints improve this offseason? Most analysts would say the addition of Malcolm Jenkins, Emmanuel Sanders, Zach Baun, and Cesar Ruiz outweighed the exodus of Vonn Bell, AJ Klein, and three-time Pro Bowler Larry Warford.
After a 13-win season in 2018 and 2019, it’d be shocking to see another 13-3 roster even if they are improved. With several one-score games, New Orleans was tremendously successful down the stretch.
If they can repeat that success, they’ll easily be looking at their fourth straight NFC South title. After moving from the NFC West to the newly-created NFC South in 2002, only one other team has maintained its reign over the division for three years.
That set of teams was the 2013-2015 Carolina Panthers, led by then league MVP Cam Newton. They even appeared in a Super Bowl! The 2016 Falcons and 2015 Panthers were the only two teams in the 2010s to represent the NFC South in the Super Bowl.
The Saints current run and that Panthers run over the division are actually the only two stretches which a team has even repeated as champions since 2002, showing how difficult just repeating in the division is.
That said, while the Saints may have won the Super Bowl in 2009, they haven’t been back since despite having dominant teams. The NFC’s third seed a season ago, the Saints lost although they were able to win their third straight divisional title.
The Saints could go for four straight divisional titles; they’re expected to. With the much-improved Bucs and both the Panthers and Falcons making strides albeit smaller, the Saints will have much more competition than they did a year ago.
It’s not just the division New Orleans is expected to win, but they’ll be among the best teams in the entire NFC. Anything besides a Super Bowl berth will be another tragic end to the season for the Saints who are entering with uber-high expectations.