NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Welcome to 2018! For the Saints, after three years away, there's postseason life after the New Year.
the playoffs as the four seed and will open against Carolina. Though they didn't close out the way they would have liked against Tampa Bay, there's still many reasons for the Saints to be optimistic about making a run to the Super Bowl.
Name a favorite in the NFC? There really is none. Philadelphia looks vulnerable without Carson Wentz. Minnesota has a great defense but relative inexperience at quarterback with Case Keenum. The Rams may be tough but certainly not untouchable. The Saints have already beaten Atlanta and Carolina. All in all it's a field the Saints match up well in.
4.) Alvin Kamara
He is the Saints' X factor on offense. What can't Kamara do? Over the last few weeks he's added being the team's best returner to his ridiculously good resume. He's also their most explosive and exciting offensive threat. Kamara's emergence has allowed the Saints to mask some deficiencies on offense. His big play ability and versatility makes him the toughest matchup for opposing defenses to prep for.
3.) Physical Offensive Line
I can't remember a Saints offensive line being more physical. That includes the 2009 unit that was regarded as one of the NFL's best. They maul opposing defenses, especially in the run game. That travels well. When the Saints have to hit the road they can hang their hat on this in hostile environments.
2.) Opportunistic Defense
The Saints defense has been hit hard by injury. Yet, they've been able overcome and still play well in most aspects.Part of the reason why is their ability to take the ball away. They've got twenty interceptions and five fumble recoveries on the season. Making these types of plays in the playoffs can be the difference in winning and losing. We saw this firsthand back in 2009.
1.) Drew Brees
The NFC playoff quarterbacks are: Case Keenum, Jared Goff, Nick Foles, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. I'll take Brees out of this list every day of the week. Number nine can still get it done at 38, as evidenced by his record-breaking 72 percent completion percentage this year.
I know there's been some issues with the offense the last couple of weeks. But with the season on the line, I trust Brees more than any quarterback in the NFC.