Saints fans were given a boost following the season when Sean Payton re-affirmed his desire to stay in New Orleans and coach the team – they will be hoping that the team can somehow keep Drew Brees in town as well since the duo represent the best shot this franchise has at success. However, regardless of the offensive firepower they possess, this team isn’t going to make a run at the Lombardi unless they can do something to help their ailing defense. Dennis Allen will get a full offseason to try and fix a unit that has ranked at/near the bottom of the NFL for the last 3 season. With that in mind, we take a look at the teams standing in the Saints way in 2016. HOME AWAY Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons T.B. Buccaneers T.B. Buccaneers Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers St. Louis (LA) Rams Arizona Cardinals Seattle Seahawks San Fran. 49ers Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Oakland (LA) Raiders San Diego (LA) Chargers Detroit Lions New York Giants
Nice & Easy
With rumours of impending retirement for Calvin Johnson and Jim Caldwell’s job status up in the air potential is high for a rough season in Detroit. The Lions secondary hasn’t been strong in years so expect Drew Brees to take advantage here. Minus Megatron it is difficult to see how Detroit could keep up.
Arizona are a matchup nightmare for New Orleans – multiple defense keyed by an incredibly talented secondary and an offense with speed across the board. The Cardinals score points in bunches and the defense is strongest against the pass – New Orleans don’t run the ball well enough to keep Carson Palmer and co off the field.
Prime Time Potential
Drew Brees against the Legion of Boom is always a prime time matchup, pitting one of the most prolific passers of all time against the most famous secondary in football. On the fast track in the Superdome it will be a true test for the Seahawks secondary and a good chance to see if Russell Wilson can continue his torrid form in 2016.