Each season in the NFL there are games that no matter how uneven the teams may seem on paper, turn out to be wonderful games, while sometimes the ones we expect to be great turn out to be laughers.
Then there are those games each season when a superior team simply lays an egg against an inferior team. Last season, the Saints saw this happen twice—once at home against the Browns, then at the most inopportune time versus the Seahawks in the playoffs.
These are the games that cannot be predicted for days. No matter how much you expect team x to win, they do not show up to play. But I don't want to talk about these games, because frankly I am horrible at picking anything, especially games.
Instead I want to talk about the games that on paper seem like the most difficult challenge heading into 2011 for the New Orleans Saints.
Thankfully the NFL appears headed for a season, unlike the NBA, whose best players are likely headed for greener pastures in Europe and beyond. Because the NFL will play football in 2011, we can predict such games, and look forward, and later back, to these games.
Bring on the games people!