The New Orleans Saints have frequently been NFC South champions, breaking their streak of four straight division titles last season. Regardless of whether they have the same success this season, they have a good shot of making the playoffs.
The New Orleans Saints held the title of best in the NFC South division for several years. They won the division for four consecutive years, but their streak was broken in 2021 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They even managed to win the division in 2020 despite having Tom Brady in their division.
With some big changes to the Bucs roster over the past couple of years, the Saints have had some tough competition. However, they are predicted to make the playoffs by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
The Bucs are predicted to win the NFC South division this season (via Jason La Canfora, CBS NFL). They strengthened the team immensely when they got Tom Brady as their quarterback, and now that Brady announced he’s no longer retiring, they’ll likely have another good season with him.
"“Tom Brady’s retirement lasted like 29 hours, the band is basically back together and while Bruce Arians will be missed as head coach, Todd Bowles will be just fine. They will push for another Lombardi.” -Jason La Canfora, via CBS NFL"
How will the New Orleans Saints make it to the playoffs?
Anticipating an NFC South win for the Bucs, the Saints should be able to make the playoffs as a wild card. They have a strong team and even though they might not seem intimidating on paper, the Saints have the potential to beat any team. They proved that last year by beating Brady twice while also taking down Aaron Rodgers in Week 1.
"“The defense is legit and plenty of elite talent remains even with Sean Payton gone. They will be hard to beat at home. Jameis Winston will be just fine at QB and they will also be able to run the ball on pretty much anyone.” -Jason La Canfora, via CBS NFL"
The Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers are the other two teams the Saints will face in the NFC South. Neither team is daunting on the schedule but as we all know, anything can happen on any given Sunday. It’s what makes the NFL so great.
The Saints are highly capable of pulling a win in a wild card game, and they may be a team to look out for this season.