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2020 NFL Power Rankings: New Orleans Saints

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New Orleans Saints rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Saints in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

It's difficult to find a weakness on their roster. In some ways, the Saints are similar to the Ravens in that success will be based solely on what they do in the playoffs. The Drew Brees/Sean Payton combination is hard to bet against in a shortened offseason, and New Orleans added key veterans like Emmanuel Sanders and Malcolm Jenkins. While the Saints have gone 26-6 over the last two regular seasons, they've failed to score more than 24 points in their last three playoff losses. Brees has already started to plan his post-football life with a broadcast agreement with NBC. If this is it for him, he is well-positioned to go out with a memorable season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

They have one more run left in them with Drew Brees probably walking away after the season. Can they get past the three-straight brutal playoff losses?

USA Today -- Rank: 3

According to Pro Football Focus, RT Ryan Ramczyk was New Orleans' highest-rated player in 2019. He would have been our ... seventh guess? Eighth?

ESPN -- Rank: 4

Can the Saints finally thrive in January?

Mike Triplett: Obviously they haven't clinched a playoff berth just yet. But let's face it: That hasn't been their problem over the past three years. This might be the NFL's most loaded roster from top to bottom, and New Orleans has won more regular-season games than any team in the league since 2017, going a combined 37-11, before falling flat in the playoffs. The solution starts with making sure 41-year-old quarterback Drew Brees has enough left in the tank to peak at the right time. Adding wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders should help quite a bit after they ran out of reliable options behind Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara down the stretch the past two years.

NFL.com -- Rank: 4

We know Drew Brees will remain The Man at quarterback for at least one more season. We know Taysom Hill, generous new contract in hand, will have a role as a gadget man and red-zone menace. But what of the 5,100-yard man of 2019? Mr. 30/30 himself: Jameis Winston? Training camp reports have presented Winston as a beam of sunlight in the Saints' locker room, a determined former No. 1 overall pick in the best shape of his career with improved eyesight, to boot, after undergoing LASIK surgery. No one wants to see Brees miss more time due to injury, but how fun is the thought of Winston stepping into the huddle with a chance to resuscitate his career and get the Saints back to the Super Bowl?

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