5 Reasons Why New Orleans Saints Will Win the NFC South in 2014

5 Reasons Why New Orleans Saints Will Win the NFC South in 2104

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After falling short in 2013, the New Orleans Saints are gunning for the NFC South's top spot. And after an offseason full of exciting acquisitions, there are more than a couple reasons why the Saints will win their division.

5. Weak Schedule

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5. Weak Schedule

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The Saints come into 2014 with one of the weakest schedules in the league. The majority of quality opponents (excluding divisional rivals) are played at home, and, as everyone knows, the Saints are tough to beat at the Superdome. They'll be able to build a solid record off their non-divisional opponents.

4. NFC South is Soft

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4. NFC South is Soft

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Aside from the Carolina Panthers, there isn't a whole lot of competition in the South. Both the Saints and Panthers were 5-1 in the division (split the games between them), so the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers never really had a shot. With only one other contender, the Saints have a good shot of winning.

3. Sean Payton

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3. Sean Payton

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Payton has proved that he is one of the best coaches in the NFL. He's going to have a season plan that plays to all the team's advantages and every ounce of talent on the squad is going to be utilized. As long as Payton's on the sidelines, the Saints have a chance.

2. The Saints' Defense

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2. The Saints' Defense

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After spending so much effort and money on building a good defense, it would be shocking for them not to be one of the best. They brought in one of the best safeties in the game and have plenty of guys returning, as well as a great defensive coordinator. This is a championship-caliber defense.

1. Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham

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1. Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham

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Whether it's by franchise tag or a long-term agreement, one can bet that Graham will be destroying defenses with Brees again this year. The two have shown that they are one of the most dominant pairings in football, and it will take a duo like that to win the division.


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