Are the Saints Super Bowl Contenders? — Washington Football Team vs. New Orleans Saints from FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland, October 10th, 2021 (All-Pro Reels Photography)

The New Orleans Saints missed the playoffs last year for the first time since the 2017 NFL season. That was also the first year that the team didn’t have Drew Brees as their quarterback since the 2006 season.

Still, the team finished 9-8, which is a respectable record. The Saints came into last year with Jameis Winston as their starting quarterback, and he began the year off to a good start. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL early in the year and the Saints struggled without him.

In the offseason, the Saints re-signed Winston and a few other top players on the market. They added safeties Marcus Maye and Tyrann Mathieu as well as wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

However, arguably the best addition to the lineup will be getting back wide receiver Michael Thomas. Thomas only played in seven games in 2020 and not at all in 2021. In the 2018 and 2019 season, Thomas led the entire NFL in catches. He also led the NFL in receiving yards in 2019. He will be a big piece to have back. This team still also has one of the best running backs in the NFL in Alvin Kamara.

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Unfortunately for the Saints, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have Tom Brady for at least one more year in the division. That will mean they likely have to make a Super Bowl run through the Wild Card. This team is dangerous though with their new additions, and they should not be taken lightly by the Bucs or any other team.

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