The New Orleans Saints put together yet another top notch regular season, but were stunned in the first round of the 2020 NFL Playoffs. They won the NFC South, but came up a tiebreaker short of a first round bye. They were a favorite among the Wild Card round teams to make some noise, but instead were stunned by the sixth-seeded Minnesota Vikings.
The upset aside, the Saints are still a well-built squad. However, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be making preparations for the future. Drew Brees’ thumb injury limited his time on the field this year. The future Hall of Fame quarterback played in 11 regular season games and ranks far below where he usually does in passing yards and passing touchdowns, but he remains an elite quarterback and leader. Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas are still dangerous offensive weapons and New Orleans’ defensive line has remained fierce as well. But a transition of power could be approaching in the quarterback room.
The Saints actually have no quarterbacks under contract for 2020. Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater will both be unrestricted free agents come march while Taysom Hill will enter restricted free agency. There’s no telling how much longer 40-year-old Brees will play and Bridgewater aspires to be a starter as soon as possible. If Brees doesn’t plan on hanging it up soon, New Orleans might want to consider finding a young heir to replace Brees under center. It’s really hard to point out many weaknesses on this team, but the secondary could also be a little more well rounded.
The 2019 NFL season is coming to a close and while the playoffs are just arriving, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2020. We won’t know the full regular season schedule until April, but even with the 2019 season not finished, we know each team’s list of opponents. The NFL has a formula they use to determine opponents, with divisions and conferences rotating each year.
The Saints face their divisional opponents a total of six times. The NFC South faces the NFC North, which adds four more opponents. The NFC South faces the AFC West, which adds four more opponents. The final two opponents are the teams that finish in the same standing position in the NFC West and NFC East.