2. Playoff heartbreak
The Saints have been one of the most successful regular-season teams over the past five years but when it comes to the playoffs, they have been snakebit. Whether it’s a Minneapolis Miracle, a controversial no-call, or a home playoff collapse, the losses by the Saints have been heartbreaking.
For each heartbreaking playoff exit, the media has had a front-row seat. Picking the Saints to win it all may be too big of a risk to their reputations. When making a bold prediction analysts and columnists want to get it right more times than not. Having the reputation of a sports truth-teller is key. In this social media world, there are always legions of people waiting to tell you how wrong you were about your last hot take.
The Saints are a good football team with some of the best players in the NFL. It’s not that the media doesn’t see them as a threat to any team on any given Sunday, but may feel that it’s only a matter of time before the bottom falls out.
As long as the postseason disappointments continue to happen sports pundits could continue to look past the Saints. No matter what type of individual or team success they may have.