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Saints Will Go Marching Into Playoffs In '09

Justin HallCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2009

With parity being the name of the NFL's game in the 21st century, where last year's chump can be the next season's champ, its time to give some love to one of football's perennial losers: the New Orleans Saints.

Yes, those 'Aints.

The ones who went 13 years before recording their first winning season.

The ones who had fans show up with bags over their head in shame.

The ones who didn't win a division title until their 24th year in the league.

But now, in 2009, its time for the Saints to rise above their dismal past and go where no Bayou Bunch has gone before: the Super Bowl.

Yes, I said it, the Saints will be in Miami for Super Bowl XLIV this season as the NFC Champion, with a great chance to win the Lombardi Trophy for the first time ever.

Why you say, why this year?

Three simple reasons

1. NFC South trends

Since the creation of the division in 2002, every team that has finished last has made the playoffs the following year, with each club except the 2008 Falcons capturing the division crown as well.

2. NFL Scheduling parity

By finishing last in the South last year, the Saints get to face the bottom of the barrel in the other three NFC divisions this season thanks to the NFL's scheduling formula.  That means teams like the Lions, Rams and Redskins will all face the Saints this season, three games they should win.

3. Drew Brees and Reggie Bush

Brees had career numbers last year in passing yards, falling just short of Dan Marino's all time passing record. 

Bush, with the loss of Deuce McAllister and addition of fullback beast Heath Evans, will put up monster numbers from the tailback position. 

Combined with the fact that they had six of their eight losses by five or fewer points and this is a playoff-worthy team.

If those reasons aren't good enough for you, let me give you this: the passion of the New Orleans faithful. 

This is a group of hardcore fanatics who cheered their team through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the rebirth of the Superdome in 2006. 

This is also a team who took rode that emotion to a division title in 2006, their first in 15 seasons.

Put all of these ingredients together and you have a recipe that would rival the best found in the French Quarter. 

And if the Saints DO make it to the Super Bowl, just wait and listen.  From St. Charles to Bourbon, Tulane University to the French Quarter, the chant of "Who dat, who dat, who dat say they gonna beat dem Saints" will slowly start spreading across the country.

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