Saints, Payton return as contenders
If defense plays like it did against Falcons, expect great things from New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS -- Like their head coach, the New Orleans Saints appear back from a one-year exile from relevance. They are a player again, a contender, a force similar to the New England Patriots.
Are they dominant on both sides of the ball? Certainly not. Can they be good enough to hang together through a grueling 17-week season and make a run to New Jersey in February? Absolutely.
The reason is the Saints' defense won't be a pushover this year. It won't be an embarrassment, ...
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