The New Orleans Saints were on the outside looking in at the NFL Playoffs dance last winter, but the pieces are in place for a return to glory in 2015. Here's 3 Things The New Orleans Saints Must Do To Make The Playoffs.
1. Ride The Drew Brees Train
Can we just stop with the Drew Brees is “over the hill” garbage? Brees was forced to throw more than any other NFL quarterback in 2014, leading the league with an eye-popping 659 passing attempts. That marked his straight year with 650 passing attempts or more. Interceptions are gonna come with such high volume, but Brees’ unparalleled mastery of the position and fruitful relationship with Sean Payton means more Arena Football League-like numbers in 2015.
2. Let Youth Be Served On The Defense
Cornerback Brandon Browner should end up being one of the sneaky great additions of this past offseason, and the selections of Stephone Anthony and Hau’oli Kikaha in the 2015 NFL Draft will breathe some youthful exuberance into the team’s defensive unit. There’s plenty of time for the D to gel this summer, and that could very well mean that they shock everyone with major statistical improvements up and down the board. If so, this team is THE favorite to win the NFC South.
Speaking of the division...
3. Take Advantage Of A Weak NFC South
The Carolina Panthers are the definition of a “hide and go seek” football team, playing like a championship contender one week and a junior varsity lacrosse squad the next. The Tampa Bay Bucs will have a rookie under center and they’re…the Bucs. Atlanta will be in a transitional period under a first-year head coach and they’re seemingly stuck in a cycle of perpetual underachievement. The door is wide open for the Saints to dominate the division and punch their tickets to the playoff party. They just have to walk through it.
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