Through five weeks of the NFL season, at least five teams—including the New Orleans Saints—look like long shots to crack the 2012 playoffs.
To be fair, none of the five teams we list in the following slides are mathematically eliminated. Far from it. But each will need a strong run over the final 11 games to even put themselves into the playoff conversation.
The Saints have certainly been the most unexpected of the group, but they may be the most capable of pulling themselves out of an early hole.
However, it might be fair for the Saints to look ahead to 2013, when a sense of normalcy will return. We'll highlight New Orleans and the four other teams that might already have to look ahead to next season.