The New Orleans Saints have been the best regular-season team in football over the last two years but have potential signs for regression heading into 2019.
If you look at playoff previews across the NFL media landscape, most experts, analysts and fans predict that the New Orleans Saints are going to win the NFC South, with most expecting the Saints to at least go to the NFC Championship Game.
In fact, aside from the New England Patriots, who play in the disastrous AFC East, the Saints are probably the most popular division winner. There has not been much debate about the Saints this year, which has fans riding high heading into the season.
However, as we see time and time again in the NFL, it is very hard to maintain an extended title window as well as be on top of the mountaintop. And while the title window might still be open, there are some signs that the Saints’ time at the top of the regular season mountaintop is over.
It is a bit concerning, as it would obviously mean that the team is worse than the last two years, but this is not to say that they are not a playoff team. The Saints are absolutely a playoff team and should be a lock, regardless of how they get there.
However, the same dominance that we have seen the last two years is not going to be present. This year is going to be much more of a grind for the Saints and it would not be all that surprising to see them win just 10 games this season.
I know, I know, I sound like a negative Nancy (no offense to the Nancy’s out there). Here are three reasons why the New Orleans Saints might be primed for regression in 2019.