MightyJNC, on 29 December 2012 - 10:18 AM, said:
The Saints were undoubtedly the prohibitive favorites but Dallas was probably the only other team with a puncher's chance.
Factoring in the age of Peyton and Brady, Brees is the QB (not named Rogers) I'd want going into the next couple of seasons but IMO the Saints have a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball before they're a bona fide SB contender again, especially in an improved NFCS (and really NFC overall).
The Poke"s D on the other hand looks like another legit pass rusher away from being pretty damn good, they've got work to do on the OL but I really think you can win consistently with thier skill position players (including Romo) on O in a more balanced system.
I agree with everything. Even if you look at Dallas, they have a lot of key pieces on offense. Murray, Austin, Bryant and Witten. And with the defense, they aren't far. Dallas has simply suffered from a lot of injuries down the line. But if you look at Brees, he is one of those guys who can make his players better.
The Saints couldn't recover from the Bounty Gate. Their defense wasn't bad last year. But as soon as Williams was gone, that was it. Atlanta will be a contender for years. Tampa has some great pieces, but Freeman is too inconsistent. I don't know what is going to happen to Carolina. The Saints should push for the division title in 2013.