Fans of the New Orleans Saints can relax as there are no NFC South teams left in the playoffs. Hey look Saints fans got to take wins where they can get them.
Alright New Orleans Saints fans, you can officially chill for the rest of the NFL playoffs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading home, which means you no longer have to hate-watch the playoffs hoping that they don't go any further. Saints fans have been through enough during the 2023 season, why pile on as the calendar turns to 2024?
The fact of the matter is regardless of however the Buccaneers season turned out, it's clear the NFC South is not going to be as much of a creampuff division, at least not for the teams involved. Baker Mayfield and the Bus proved they can win a playoff game, the Atlanta Falcons are getting a new coaching staff, and one would imagine a new quarterback, and the Carolina Panthers are, well, just the Panthers.
The point is, the Saints have work to do, especially at the most important position. Derek Carr is a good quarterback, but the way Mayfield played down the stretch shows that whoever has the best quarterback play is going to win this division, not exactly a novel concept.
We have a lot time to worry about all of that though. For now, New Orleans Saints fans can just sit back, relax, perhaps with a cold one of whatever your drink of choice is, and enjoy the conference title game I and the Super Bowl to follow. Beyond that, is where the rubber is going to meet the road, and the playoff loss of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shows that they are both the target, but also an attainable goal, especially if a playoff game is played in the Superdome.