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Banks Says the Saints are Playoff Bound

The Saints have a fan when it comes to expectations for 2009, as writer Don Banks has thrown it out there that the Saints are headed for…(gulp!) the postseason!

Yes, Banks wrote recently that the Saints will make it to the dance, somewhat based on their very solid offense. Read what he has to say about the Saints below

ā€¢ New Orleans — When I project the last-place Saints to make the jump to the 2009 playoffs, I’m counting on more than the NFC South’s penchant to reshuffle itself almost each and every season. The defensive improvement I foresaw for New Orleans last season never materialized, as a wave of injuries and the same old propensity to allow the big play doomed Sean Payton’s club to the fate of losing a series of high-scoring games.

But the Saints offense is special (a league-high 463 points), and with six of its eight losses by a combined 18 points, New Orleans was tantalizingly close to winning and winning big. Can’t win big if your defense gives up 24.6 points per game, you say? Tell that to Arizona, which won the NFC despite a defense that allowed 26.6 per game. The Saints hired veteran defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to fix the problem, and I think it’ll be remembered as one of the most pivotal moves of the NFL’s offseason.

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