The Week 10 NFL power rankings have to take into account the New Orleans Saints after what the team did to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night (November 5). Playing in front of the national audience, the Saints beat up on the Eagles, sacking quarterback Michael Vick seven times in the process. It showed that the Saints can be good on both offense and defense, possibly making this team a threat to return to the postseason.
At just 3-5 on the season now, the Saints basically have to win seven of their next eight games to finish 10-6 and make the NFC Playoffs. That is the only realistic scenario for the team to make another run at the Super Bowl, but nobody should count out Saints quarterback Drew Brees. This makes this team the most dangerous of the teams outside of the playoff picture right now, with no other team wanting to have to face them in the postseason.
In the updated 2012 NFL standings, New Orleans now ranks No. 12 in the NFC. That isn't where they get slotted in these Week 10 NFL power rankings, though, because the Saints are better than the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Those are three teams ahead of the Saints in the standings, but not when it comes to fear placed in the hearts of opponents. Passing up just a few more teams could get the Saints within striking distance of the postseason once again.
Do you believe that the New Orleans Saints have enough talent to sneak into the postseason as one of the NFC wild card teams? Can the Saints hope to compete with teams like the Atlanta Falcons or Chicago Bears in the postseason?