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Saints flying under the radar

Last year, everyone saw the Saints coming. This year, people are only tracking them out of the corner of their eye. And that, perhaps, is what makes them most dangerous.

By Anthony Stalter | December 29, 2010; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't doubt the champs

The defending Super Bowl champion Saints proved Monday in Atlanta that they are ready to defend their title - and the rest of the NFC should take notice.

By Leonard Shapiro | December 29, 2010; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints, Packers are the toughest seeds

The Saints are peaking just in time for the playoffs while Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will be a handful for any team they face in the playoffs (assuming they make it).

By Doug Farrar | December 29, 2010; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Most dangerous team in NFC?

Who is the most dangerous NFC team heading into the playoffs?

By Reader Poll | December 28, 2010; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Eagles, Saints lead pack

The Eagles have proven no lead is safe against them while the Saints showed Monday night they are capable of beating anyone anywhere. Both teams have a great shot to make a Super Bowl run.

By Jason Brewer | December 28, 2010; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sticking with the Falcons

The Falcons are nearly unstoppable at home, and with the road to the Super Bowl likely running through Atlanta, they will be tough to beat - even more so following Monday's home loss to the Saints.

By Michael Kun | December 28, 2010; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

Speed kills for Eagles

With speed to spare and Michael Vick playing his best football ever, the Eagles pose numerous problems for any team matching up against them in the NFC playoffs.

By Dave Goldberg | December 28, 2010; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

Is this much parity good for the NFL?

Is this much early season parity good for the NFL?

By Reader Poll | October 12, 2010; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pop the cork in South Beach

No team will be running the table in 2010, and that's good news for the NFL, its fans and the upcoming labor negotiations. Maybe all this parity will smack some sense into the powers contemplating a lockout.

By Leonard Shapiro | October 12, 2010; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Parity reigns supreme

Parity reigns supreme in the NFL and if you're a general football fan, you're mighty happy about it.

By Anthony Stalter | October 12, 2010; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jumping to conclusions

It's far too early to accurately asses the quality of play and the quality of teams in the NFL this season. Defensive struggles may not appeal to everyone, but it remains a formula for success.

By Dave Goldberg | October 12, 2010; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Result won't tell us much

Thursday's season opener between the Vikings and Saints should be another entertaining game between two playoff teams, but it won't tell us too much about the season ahead.

By Michael Kun | September 7, 2010; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings or Saints: pick 'em

Which team will win Thursday night's season opening NFC title game rematch between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints?

By Reader Poll | September 7, 2010; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints keep marching

Brett Favre and the Vikings have a tough road to hoe if they hope to repeat last year's success, and their descent should begin Thursday night against the Saints.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | September 7, 2010; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Expect a shootout

Expect the game to live up to its hype with the Saints coming out on top in a shootout.

By Anthony Stalter | September 7, 2010; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints will swarm Favre

The Saints will again try to put pressure on a still-hobbled Brett Favre in the pocket and ride the emotion of their home opener to another narrow victory.

By Matt Loede | September 7, 2010; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (3)

History on Saints' side

History, health and talent favor the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in their season opener Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

By Dan Parker | September 7, 2010; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

All depends on the zebras

How officials treat the Saints' pressure on Brett Favre could impact New Orleans' ability to repeat its victory from last winter's NFC title game

By Doug Farrar | September 7, 2010; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who's in your 2011 Super Bowl?

Which two teams will reach Super Bowl XLV in Dallas this winter?

By Reader Poll | July 28, 2010; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens to rule

The suddenly offensively charged Baltimore Ravens have a great shot at keep the New Orleans Saints from repeating as Super Bowl champions in 2011.

By Jason Maloni | July 28, 2010; 12:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson the Eagle?

With his age and skill set both factoring into his dwindling shelf life, L.T. could be best served to replace the banged up Brian Westbrook in Philly.

By Dan Parker | February 23, 2010; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

History matters

Despite ESPN's best efforts to make us forget sports pre-1999, Super Bowl III remains the most significant.

By Dave Goldberg | February 10, 2010; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Legacy damaged?

Was Peyton Manning's legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history damaged by his Super Bowl XLIV performance?

By Reader Poll | February 8, 2010; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sorry, New Orleans

I hope we can still be friends. We'll still see each other occasionally next season, and I'll even cheer for you as long as you aren't playing the Colts.

By Dawn Knight | February 5, 2010; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (6)

Colts win by experience

This won't surprise anyone: the difference in this game should be Peyton Manning.

By Dave Goldberg | February 5, 2010; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stats favor Saints's super-computers simulated Super Bowl XLIV 10,001 times and predicted the New Orleans Saints will pull the upset 62% of the time.

By Ryan Fowler | February 5, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Manning makes it

The best reason to pick the Indianapolis Colts resides under center.

By Leonard Shapiro | February 5, 2010; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (2)

Pick the Super Bowl winner

Who will win Super Bowl XLIV: Indianapolis Colts or New Orleans Saints? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | February 5, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who don't? The NFL

Leave it up to the NFL to try and put a stop to a 25-year Saints tradition just days after the franchise has reached the pinnacle of their success.

By David Cariello | January 30, 2010; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (5)

NFL is the villain

Big time sports has become a corporate playground where only a select few are invited to sit on the swings.

By Les Carpenter | January 29, 2010; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

Fools in suits

The league that's usually at the top of sports' PR pyramid is making itself look like a bunch of Scrooges.

By Dave Goldberg | January 29, 2010; 08:54 AM ET | Comments (4)

NFL bully

The NFL should be as vigilant in protecting its own main product as it is in stamping out rogue T-shirts.

By Michael Oriard | January 29, 2010; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

Slogan ownership

Who has a claim on the "Who Dat" slogan? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | January 29, 2010; 08:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Competing with history

Fans may harp on how the Colts threw away an opportunity to make history, but the only history that truly matters will be with the team left holding the trophy on Feb. 7.

By Derede McAlpin | January 27, 2010; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Blame Peyton

The Colts are like the girl who is the head of the Math Club, we all know she's going places, but the cheerleader grabs our eyes.

By Robert Littal | January 27, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

What's not to like?

It is easy to admire both the Colts and the Saints. After all, they aren't the Patriots.

By Dawn Knight | January 27, 2010; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Exciting under the radar

Yeah, the Colts are boring in the traditional sense. But if you look under the hood and check out the way that engine really runs.

By Doug Farrar | January 27, 2010; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Saints easier to like

How can you not root for the Saints, and New Orleans, to win? But that doesn't have to mean you don't like the Colts.

By Dan Levy | January 27, 2010; 02:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

Shock value

These pathways are largely modulated by dopamine, and are also responsible for the pleasurable effects of 'high-reward' stimuli, such as drugs, sex and gambling.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | January 25, 2010; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Great games, not mistakes

A classic is decided by which team consistently makes the plays they need, not by where a fumble happens to occur and who happens to fall on it.

By Joe Baker | January 25, 2010; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

A contact drunk

Where floodwaters once stood, a tide of emotion rises in New Orleans.

By Sally Jenkins | January 25, 2010; 06:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

People love drama

Productivity in offices will be way down tomorrow and it won't because of Peyton Manning's rocket arm.

By Robert Littal | January 25, 2010; 06:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

America loves an underdog

Colts-Saints will be one to see and remember, both for the story that unfolds on the field, and the stories that will persist far past February 7.

By Jason Maloni | January 22, 2010; 05:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Indy vs. New Orleans

Colts-Saints would be a matchup of two powerhouse teams similar in results, but with contrasting processes.

By Joe Baker | January 22, 2010; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

We want action

Does action mean good football? No, just look at the Packers-Cardinals Wildcard game but just once a year, I'd rather be a spectator than a student of the game.

By Anthony Stalter | January 22, 2010; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Can't lose

This year, the NFL is lucky enough to be in a win-win scenario in terms of Super Bowl matchup.

By Sean Moroney | January 22, 2010; 12:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best Super Bowl matchup poll

What's the game you want to see? Weigh in now...

By Reader Poll | January 22, 2010; 12:26 AM ET | Comments (0)


New Orleans against Indianapolis would be a fantastic way for this decade to end and for the next decade to begin.

By Shawn Zobel | January 22, 2010; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

NFC Championship preview

It's all about the two quarterback Favre has been terrific but Brees has been even better and he brings Favre's successful comeback season to an end.

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2010; 11:46 PM ET | Comments (2)

One-seeds need to bring it

The New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts are each one loss away from a non-stop off-season referendum on the subjects of resting their starters.

By Doug Farrar | January 15, 2010; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Heartbreaker poll

From Henry's handballs to Suisham's blown field goal which blown win was the hardest on fans? Vote now.

By Reader Poll | December 6, 2009; 08:14 PM ET | Comments (3)

No prayer for the Saints

It might be a N'awlins thing, but the Colts seem to have the gris gris this year.

By Dawn Knight | December 6, 2009; 01:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Saints vs. Colts

Who would win if Indianapolis were to play New Orleans this Sunday, on a neutral turf? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | December 4, 2009; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Saints have the slight edge

In the case of movable force versus resistible object, the Saints win, because their pass defense could give even Peyton Manning fits.

By Doug Farrar | December 4, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints, for now

Now, if these teams meet in February? Completely different ball game, I imagine. In a game this Sunday, however, I'd favor the Saints.

By Tim McHale | December 4, 2009; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vegas line

Director of race and sports operations at Wynn resort lays down the odds for this hypothetical matchup.

By Johnny Avello | December 4, 2009; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Feeling Minnesota

If the Saints and Colts were to meet on a neutral field... the Minnesota Vikings would win.

By Dave Goldberg | December 4, 2009; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (6)

Colts by a nose

The Saints could be the leagues best team, but the Colts are very well suited to beat their style of play.

By Joe Baker | December 4, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots tough

The best way to determine who will remain undefeated the longest is to decide who will lose first. The best chance of that is Monday when the Saints play the Patriots.

By Dawn Knight | November 29, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints or Colts?

Indianapolis Colts or New Orleans Saints which team has the best chance of going undefeated this season?

By Reader Poll | November 29, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts have it easier

After running the numbers, the Colts, who currently rank second in DVOA, have a much better chance of going 16-0 based on the teams they face down the stretch.

By Doug Farrar | November 29, 2009; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Playoff Picks

With Pittsburgh and Baltimore in their division, the Bengals' luck is the most likely of the current division leaders to run out.

By Sean Moroney | November 5, 2009; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

The bad luck Bengals

If franchises are somewhat branded by an identity, then the Bengals' is of a team perennially beset by misfortune and miscalculation.

By Jim McCormick | November 4, 2009; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't count on Cards

The only team currently leading their division played in last season's Super Bowl and, coincidentally, is the only team that won't play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

By Jamie De Giorgio | November 4, 2009; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

No one safe but Saints, Colts, Vikes

The two divisional leaders I have the least faith in at this point are in the West -- NFC West's Arizona and AFC West's Denver.

By Rob Rang | November 4, 2009; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not in the Cards

The one division leader that I don't see making the playoffs is the 4-3 Arizona Cardinals.

By Shawn Zobel | November 4, 2009; 09:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Too Early to Tell

It's best to wait and see how the season plays out before judging the superiority of this or that conference.

By Doug Farrar | October 26, 2009; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Manning Still the Man

What has separated Manning from Brees this season is consistency.

By Joe Baker | October 19, 2009; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brees at the Top

Drew is without question the best quarterback in the league. If it takes a few more wins for the country to realize that, so be it.

By David Cariello | October 19, 2009; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Strange Happenings This Season

More than one-third of the league is unbeaten or winless a quarter of the way into the season. That's not normal for the NFL.

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2009; 06:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Middle Class Still Rules

Just give it some time, and the class system will sort itself out.

By Jamie De Giorgio | October 9, 2009; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parity Still Alive

There have always been bad quarterbacks, idiotic coaches and poor front offices, and there will always be.

By Sean McCann | October 9, 2009; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Look Under Center

How can an NFL team be expected to be competitive when teams have revolving doors at the QB position?

By David Hill | October 9, 2009; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

All About Quarterbacks

The reason for the wide disparity in winning teams and losing ones comes down to one thing: quarterback play.

By Shawn Zobel | October 9, 2009; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Why Such Disparity?

What is behind the largest number of winless and undefeated NFL teams in over a decade? Vote now.

By Reader Poll | October 9, 2009; 07:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Backing Up Controversy

I said a few weeks ago that there will be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia this season. I just didn't know it would be the backups.

By Dan Levy | September 15, 2009; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Control Your Drinking

Better controlling the tailgating experience could have a huge impact on the overall experience of attending an NFL game.

By David Cariello | June 24, 2009; 06:22 AM ET | Comments (3)

Dysfunction Saves Saints

It's entirely possible that Matt Ryan could hit a sophomore slump in Atlanta. That Jake Delhomme is capable of stinking up the joint like he did in that unsightly playoff loss. That Tampa Bay with a new head coach and yet another new quarterback could fall by the wayside. All of this points to the Saints returning to the playoffs after taking a year off.

By C.J. Holley | May 29, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Could Do It

New Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley has two huge advantages in his corner: He has a team that has added veteran leaders, and his Chiefs will be playing in what looks like the NFL's worst division. That could set up a playoff run.

By Doug Farrar | May 29, 2009; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brees & L.T.? A Big Easy

If the Chargers release Tomlinson, the Saints should pounce immediately

By Doug Farrar | March 10, 2009; 08:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not Overrated, Oft-Injured

He is the Saints franchise as long as he's healthy.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 11, 2008; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oddly Positioned Player

He's not a standard running back, nor is he a standard receiver.

By Doug Farrar | December 11, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's New Orleans.

The Saints might be ready to finish what they started when they made it to the NFC Championship game at the end of their miracle 2006 season.

By Doug Farrar | September 2, 2008; 09:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Have The Offense To Do It

You gotta love the Saints' offense.

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 10:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

I Dunno; You Tell Me

This feels a little like one of those Tampa Bay Bucs years... only without the Bucs.

By Cindy Boren | September 1, 2008; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

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