Although they lost their season opener to the Packers, there-s no need to despair about the Saints. The Packers are one of the NFL-s elite teams, and the Saints nearly scored a last second touchdown with the potential to tie the game. If New Orleans can compete with Green Bay on that level, they’ll book another trip into the playoffs.

Playing in the NFC South entails facing two playoff contenders in the Falcons and Buccaneers. That means conference victories are a top priority for New Orleans. Drew Brees returns with a potent passing attack, and has underrated receivers like Marques Colston to snag the ball. Beefing up the ground game are 1st round pick Mark Ingram and free-agent Darren Sproles, who could become a game breaker on special teams.

New Orleans should rack up double digit wins with a schedule that includes playing the Jaguars, Colts, and Panthers twice. The Saints have an aggressive defense, but the corners are vulnerable against premiere quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers. It-s likely the team-s chances of reaching the Super Bowl will rest on the arm of Drew Brees. That being the case, there-s no reason why New Orleans can-t make it back to the big game.