The 2014 NFL season is exactly six weeks away and we’re ramping up our speculation machine to full throttle here at cover32. If you’re curious to find out what will happen this year and don’t want to go through that whole messy business of waiting to find out, we’ve got you covered.
So dim the lights, turn your fog machine on and gaze into the crystal ball. Yoda said it best – the future is always in motion. Things could go well, and they could break bad. For now let’s take a look at the brighter side: here’s four hopeful headlines for the New Orleans Saints 2014 season.
1. The Saints get back to the Super bowl
Of course picking who will get to the Super bowl and who won’t in July is an exercise in silliness. There are just too many variables in an NFL season. Even if you’re right it’s because at best your team managed to avoid injury and at worst you were really lucky.
However, if any team has a shot at making it to the big dance in Arizona next February it’s the New Orleans Saints. With Sean Payton back after his yearlong suspension over bountygate, the Saints looked like their old selves again in 2013. Drew Brees had another fantastic season and now Jimmy Graham is locked up long term.
The only teams I can see stopping this train are the Seahawks and the Packers. Both have been to the top of the mountain before and know what it takes to get back there. But this offseason the Saints put together their own little legion of boom and right now have to be considered a favorite to at least get to the NFC Championship game. Anything can happen, but I wouldn’t bet against them.