1. The New Orleans Saints’ remaining slate isn’t troubling
The New Orleans Saints have gotten through the hardest part of the season, which consisted of starting the year off against four playoff teams from a year ago. New Orleans has two more games against playoff teams from a year ago, but their remaining schedule is still is a breeze.
Only five of the Saints’ remaining 10 games are against teams that are above .500 and even that might be overselling the road that lies ahead. The biggest thing to take into consideration is that the Saints don’t have many good quarterbacks on their slate, which absolutely means something.
They play rookie Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, Matt Ryan and the immensely disappointing Atlanta Falcons twice, a backup in Kyle Allen twice, Jameis Winston, Jacoby Brissett and Marcus Mariota.
The only quarterback that the Saints have on the schedule that is capable of taking over the game and beating them is Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers.
As long as the Saints take care of business and the defense keeps playing how it has then there are not very many losses remaining on the schedule, which gets us into Garoppolo and the 49ers.