NFL analyst names a Cinderella team for 2023

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Last season, the NFL had a few Cinderella teams in the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants.

Not many expected either team to be solid, but they both won nine games and claimed playoff spots in the NFC.

The Giants also pulled off an upset by defeating the Minnesota Vikings, who had gone 13–4 in the regular season, in their first playoff contest.

Next season, it’s looking very likely that the New Orleans Saints will be a Cinderella team, and NFL analyst Adam Schein agrees with that sentiment.

In 2022, the Saints were hoping to break into the playoffs, but quarterback Jameis Winston, the former No. 1 overall pick in 2015, was benched early in the campaign, and won just seven contests.

But they have a new quarterback in four-time Pro Bowler Derek Carr, and the acquisition of running back Jamal Williams, who had 1,066 rushing yards and a league-high 17 touchdowns in 2022, provides insurance in case Alvin Kamara is unable to play. do. to play due to his pending legal charges.

New Orleans is also hoping that wide receiver Michael Thomas will finally return to form.

He made the Pro Bowl in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and in 2019 he led all with 1,725 ​​receiving yards.

However, his last three seasons have been greatly affected by foot and ankle injuries.

Another reason for hope is Chris Olave, who had a great rookie season in 2022 with 1,042 yards.

With Tom Brady retired, the NFC South is looking vulnerable, and so the Saints should be the early favorites to win the division.

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