Right here’s some excellent news. The New Orleans Saints completed in third-place inside the NFC South final 12 months, however a silver lining to the 7-10 document that landed them there in 2022 is a neater schedule in 2023. We’re all about optimistic pondering.
New Orleans’ opponents for the 2023 season went a mixed 122-164-3 final 12 months, which is a successful proportion of simply .427 for the second-easiest schedule in the league. Solely the Atlanta Falcons (.417) have a neater street forward of them. Of the 14 groups to qualify for the playoffs, only four of them are on the 2023 schedule:
13-4 Minnesota Vikings (away)
9-8 Jacksonville Jaguars (residence)
9-7-1 New York Giants (residence)
8-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (twice)
Not dangerous, proper? After all there’s going to be a ton of turnover and modifications across the league between now and September. We now have a busy free company interval, the landmark 2023 NFL draft, and loads of trades to navigate between at times — to say nothing of the accidents, holdouts, suspensions, and different components that can decide what every of those groups appears to be like like within the fall.
Who might be enjoying quarterback in New York and Tampa Bay subsequent 12 months? Will the Vikings have the ability to preserve Justin Jefferson completely happy regardless of a mediocre quarterback scenario of their very own? For that matter, who’re the Saints going to trot out beneath middle themselves?
New Orleans has quite a lot of work to do that offseason past discovering a quarterback they think about. The Saints have 20-plus outgoing free brokers to contemplate re-signing, some bloated contracts to whittle down, and loads of humorous cash to maneuver round of their common restructures. They might be trying on the 2023 schedule and feeling good about their probabilities, however so are many different groups their video games with New Orleans.
Dennis Allen has the lowest winning percentage of all four NFC South coaches