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NFL Playoffs 5 Reasons Why New Orleans Saints Are Total Pretenders

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5 Reasons Why Saints Are Toast Come Playoff Time

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The New Orleans Saints have lost two of their last three games as Drew Brees and company appear to be hitting the wall after starting the year on such a high note. After 15 weeks of play, the Saints currently sit atop the NFC South, but have yet to clinch a playoff spot. The Carolina Panthers are right behind the Saints and if New Orleans isn't careful then it could be watching the playoffs from home.

After a year of being away from the game, head coach Sean Payton has been one of the feel-good stories of the NFL this season. However, that "story" is starting to fade as the Saints were dismantled by the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. This 26-17 loss was brutal for any Saints fan to watch and the Rams definitely exposed this team for what it really is -- overrated.

That's right, the 2013 Saints are not the 2009 Saints and that comparison needs to being taken out back and shot a few times. Not only is the New Orleans defense completely different, the Saints' high-octane defense is also far less potent than years previous. With that being said, there are a handful of NFC teams that I would much rather have in the postseason. Here's why I'm so down on the Saints.

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No. 5: Mediocre Wide Receivers

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NFL fans are so used to the New Orleans Saints possessing one of the top wide receiving corps in the league. However, that just isn't the case anymore. Aside from All-Pro Jimmy Graham, the Saints really don't have another guy that scares you. An aging Marques Colston has caught fire as of late, but he's hardly the No. 1 wide receiver I want on my team. The days of New Orleans having incredibly talented wide outs are long gone.

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No. 4: Inability To Win On the Road

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On Sunday, the Saints suffered their fourth loss of the season and it was hardly a surprise. With this loss the Saints drop to 3-4 on the road this season. Conversely, the rival Carolina Panthers are 4-3 on the road including a key victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10. The Saints just aren't that scary away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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No. 3: Makeshift Defense

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This time last year, the New Orleans Saints' defense was busy getting steamrolled by seemingly every NFL offense in the league. Thankfully, defensive coordinator Rex Ryan has done a wonderful job at reviving the Saints' poor defensive squad. However, injuries are starting to take their toll and Ryan's smoke-and-mirrors defense is starting to fade. The Saints have allowed 27 or more points two of the last three weeks.

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No. 2: Seattle Seahawks

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As was mentioned earlier; the Saints are too great once you pull Sean Payton's club out of the dome. Unfortunately for the Saints, the Seattle Seahawks have all but clinched the No. 1 spot in the NFC, which is awful news for the Saints. In Week 13 the Saints trekked up north just for Russell Wilson to completely destroy New Orleans by a final score of 34-7. Barring something crazy, the Saints will have to beat Seattle -- in Seattle -- if they want to play in Super Bowl XLVIII. Good luck.

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No. 1: Offensive Line Woes

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On Sunday, head coach Sean Payton decided to bench left tackle Charles Brown in an attempt to slow down the Rams' great pass rush. Well, anytime a team's starting left tackle is getting benched in Week 15 you know something is terribly wrong. The Saints' stout offensive line has been their staple for quite some time, but that just isn't the case anymore. Drew Brees isn't made of steel, and if he goes down he's going to bring the Saints' entire roster with him.