When we left the last time we were waiting on weeks 5-8 of the 2012 Saints schedule. We’ve previewed Weeks 1-4 where the Saints took on the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Green Bay Packers. let’s move on to the next four games of the Saints 2012 schedule.
The fifth game on the New Orleans Saints schedule is against the San Diego Chargers in the Superdome. It’s interesting because the Chargers have been pretty generous to New Orleans in terms of players, allowing us to get both Drew Brees and Darren Sproles, two key players in the Saints offense. In terms of competition the San Diego Chargers are a talented team on paper. Quarterback Philip Rivers has carried this team for awhile and he’s a guy who can light up the scoreboard. But overall the San Diego Chargers have consistently failed to live up to expectations and either play very well or stink the joint up. Norv Turner is on his last legs in San Diego if the Chargers don’t win and win soon. The New Orleans Saints should win this based on home advantage and overall offensive capability.
After a bye week the New Orleans Saints will travel to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. always an interesting NFC South matchup, the Buccaneers are something of a mystery since they basically fell apart last season. But they’ve beefed up their offensive line by stealing Carl Nicks from New Orleans and they’re operating under a new coaching staff. Each divisional game is crucial in the NFC South because there’s so much upheaval from year to year. the Bucs won 10 games in 2010 and they’ve still got the nucleus of a winning team. More weapons for Josh Freeman, and a little more consistency from him, and the Bucs will give the Saints a run for their money.
This Saints at Broncos game will probably go national. Of course there’s the attraction of Peyton Manning and his move to the Denver Broncos. There’s also the re-match angle between Drew Brees and Manning, who last saw each other in a Super Bowl. The Saints will be in their second consecutive road game and playing in Mile High so it could be a challenge going against the Broncos very good defense. Denver has been elevated to a Super Bowl contender in the minds of many so the New Orleans Saints will have to play well on both sides of the ball.
What can you say about the Philadelphia Eagles? They were supposed to be better last season and failed completely? Michael Vick is in a watershed season in my opinion and he has to lead this Eagles team to the playoffs or he’ll be tabbed as an athletically gifted quarterback with no talent for winning. Coming into the Superdome where the Saints have been virtually unbeatable for the past two seasons, is a huge challenge. The Saints defense will have their hands full containing Vick but with Steve Spagnuolo working the D-line now, the Saints should be able to keep their home winning record looking pretty good.