New Orleans Saints: Why They Are the Most Dangerous Team in the NFC

Jason BernosContributor IIOctober 5, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: B.J. Raji #90 of the Green Bay Packers is double-teamed by Brian de la Puente #60 and Jahri Evans #73 of the New Orleans Saints as Drew Brees #9 drops back to pass at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 28-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints have hit rock bottom. Four straight losses to start the season would do that to any team, especially after everything this particular one endured this offseason.

But the Saints only lost two starters, Robert Meachem and Carl Nicks, off their record-breaking offense from a year ago. And you would think that new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's defense will stop someone eventually. (If they don't, this season will mirror West Virginia's, with Geno Smith and the Swiss-cheese Mountaineer defense.)

Basically, the same team that is here this year is the one that reeled off nine straight wins a year ago and finished the regular season 13-3. So anything's possible, right?

Here's what makes the Saints the most dangerous team in the NFC.

They have nothing to lose, and they have Drew Brees, who is just hitting his stride.

As an opposing team, that would make me cringe to have a team with that many weapons, that field general and that kind of backed-into-a-corner mentality.

That 80-yard touchdown catch by Joe Morgan in the Saints' loss to Green Bay last week is a prime example of this team's explosiveness. Most people outside of Who Dat Nation were saying "Who Dat" after seeing that play, and not because they were Saints fans. This team can hurt you in any number of ways.

Brees was his old "surgeon'' self against Green Bay, thanks to being upright long enough to make his reads. 

The offensive side has gotten it together. Now, we need to see the defensive players execute and stop missing assignments. 

I mean, Spags' defense doesn't have to be the old New York Giants defense. But while I know he doesn't have the right players, he needs to get the players he has to execute and become, at a bare minimum, a bend-but-don't-break unit.

This Saints offense can win with that kind of defense. It has shown that in the past. 

Playoff hopes might be dashed, and the Saints look dead in the water on the way to a top-five draft pick. Only one team (the 1992 San Diego Chargers) has made the playoffs after starting 0-4.

That sounds like a challenge to New Orleans. But there hasn't been a challenge or record that the Saints haven't put in their rearview mirror in the Sean Payton era. (See: Marino, Dan, and Unitas, Johnny). So, what should make this uphill climb any different?

At the moment, that climb looks about as terrifying as Monkey Hill to Brees and company. If that's not dangerous, I don't know what is.