The media sings praises for Drew Brees and the potent New Orleans Saints offense, but is failing to recognize some of the most crucial facts leading up to their matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
As a result, many pundits are predicting a Saints victory based solely on Drew Brees' unprecedented statistical season.
I can't say I'm particularly surprised—football fans around the country have neglected to give the Harbaugh-led Niners the respect they deserve all season long. I wouldn't expect that to change when they face America's darling New Orleans Saints.
As this ESPN First Take clip illustrates, many so-called "analysts" focus only on New Orleans' fearsome aerial attack, while ignoring every other facet of the upcoming game.
Here are the five stats and trends Niner fans wish ESPN pundits would acknowledge before they pick the Saints against the 49ers this weekend.