Saints season previews worth reading

In case you don’t frequent the same sites I do, here are two season previews that I’m reading in advance of tomorrow’s game:

Pro Football Focus:

All of the offseason turmoil stemming from ‘Bounty-Gate’ can make it easy to forget the fact the Saints were a 13-3 team last season, and with Drew Brees at the helm of an explosive offense, it’s unlikely that the Saints will take a huge step back. If the defense can improve, the Saints should once again be one of the top teams in a loaded NFC.

[Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth][2]:

With Payton at the helm, the Saints would be among the Super Bowl favorites. Without him and other key decision-makers, the Saints will lack the creative leadership that turns great teams into special ones. But they will still be good.