When this columnist consistently pined for the New Orleans Saints to drop the finesse act and develop a smashmouth demeanor, it was only with the postseason in mind. Sure, beating up on less talented teams like the Buffalo Bills or the Atlanta Falcons (sorry, Mom) feels good—but getting treated like those same teams against physical squads doesn't.
The Saints undoubtedly face the toughest road to the Super Bowl after achieving only the No. 6 seed in the NFC. For a team that ended up 3-5 on the road, having to navigate the entire playoffs from the passenger seat makes a difficult task even more so.
Now, let's not get it twisted—these opposing teams have to face the Saints as well. And when you have possibly the best QB in the league on your side in veteran Drew Brees, you will always have a chance to compete.
Conversely, the NFC has a ton of talented teams that excel in aspects that the Saints struggle with. One thing's for sure, the Saints will have earned the Lombardi Trophy if they are fortunate enough to withstand the staunch competition.
Let's take a look at how the Saints match up with every foe that stands in their way.