The New Orleans Saints had an endless amount of distractions heading into the 2012 season, whether it was Bounty-Gate and the suspensions of head coach Sean Payton and defensive captain Jonathan Vilma for the entire season or the contractual tug-of-war that went on between quarterback Drew Brees and the organization heading into training camp.
But eventually, Brees reported to camp with a new contract and the team figured out replacements to fulfill the roles Payton and Vilma played for the team ever since their arrivals in 2006.
While the team tried to do and say all the right things heading into the 2012 season to avoid carrying their offseason baggage into the regular season, starting off the season 0-2 is a terrible way to go about eliminating offseason baggage.
Now those training camp whispers of how the loss of Payton and Vilma and the overall distraction caused by the entire spectacle may have a dramatic effect on the team have turned into legitimate outcries and, even though we're only two games into the season, it seems as if the Saints are a team on the brink.
Of the 68 teams that started the season 0-2 since 2000, only six made it to the playoffs. And that number becomes even more bleak for teams that start 0-3.
So now the New Orleans Saints are a team that head into Sunday in desperate need of a win. The bright side for the Saints is that they face off with a team that has begun the season with an 0-2 record of their own, the Kansas City Chiefs.
On this slide show, I will show what it will take for the Saints to win the game on Sunday and possibly turn their season around.