5 Biggest Obstacles Facing New Orleans Saints in Brutal Final Stretch

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5 Biggest Obstacles Facing New Orleans Saints in Brutal Final Stretch
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport
Pierre Thomas and the Saints have a challenging schedule in front of them.

With a 9-2 record, the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints have accomplished a lot in 2013, but a number of challenging obstacles remain in their brutal final stretch.

The Saints have already completed a season sweep of the rival Atlanta Falcons, and they embarrassed the Dallas Cowboys in prime time. New Orleans also knocked off the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers just a week ago.

If the Saints are to reach the Super Bowl, however, the obstacles they will have to overcome in the coming weeks will dwarf the aforementioned accomplishments.

Following are the five biggest obstacles standing in their way.

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