Before the season started, national sports writers were picking the Saints to finish in the middle of the pack, at number 16.
Today, they have a little more respect. Most NFL power rankings list the Saints at number three, behind the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.
Some fans are afraid to predict a playoff run this soon.
“Let’s give it a coupla more games. But I’m optimistic we can go all the way,” one Saints fan told us.
But others are even bandying the “s” word: Super Bowl.
“I think the Saints are going to the playoffs. I’m not saying Super Bowl, but I believe they’re going to the playoffs,” said another.
The Saints still have to face the Bears in Chicago Sunday, then they go to New England for a tough matchup with the Patriots. Add to that a challenge from the Seahawks in Seattle the first week in December…and lots of unknown territory to cover in between. Be cautious? Of course. Be optimistic? Without a doubt.
As one Saints fan put it: “let’s keep the enthusiasm going.”