The Philadelphia Eagles began the 2012 campaign as quite possibly the luckiest 2-0 football team ever. The Eagles won those two games by one point apiece. And their third win was an escape job at home on a Sunday night against the Giants, 19-17.
In the Eagles' four losses, two have been blowouts while the other two were lost by two and three points, respectively.
All that is to say that the Eagles' 3-4 record is relatively random, since winning and losing close games tends to be statistically random over a full season.
In other words, though the Saints are 2-5, the team's record is a little more indicative of the kind of football the team has played, which could be categorized as poor.
Still, it is more than conceivable that the New Orleans Saints could be a deserving favorite as the two teams match up Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
A lot needs to happen, though, for the 2-5 team to come out victorious. Here are the 10 most important keys to victory for New Orleans.