Super Bowl LIII and 2019 are all about the New Orleans Saints, according to two national writers.
Fresh off the Philadelphia Eagles' dramatic Super Bowl LII win against the New England Patriots, Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer predicts the Saints will be the final team standing in 2019.
"Separated from possibly playing in this year’s game by a Minneapolis Miracle, the Saints will withstand supernatural interventions, as well as the Rams, and walk away with the second Lombardi Trophy in franchise history and of the storied Payton-Brees collaboration," Iyer writes.
A combination of the Saints' youth (running back Alvin Kamara and defensive back Marshon Lattimore were named Rookies of the Year this past weekend) and experience (quarterback Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton) will likely make the team a trendy pick in the offseason.
Iyer predicts the Saints will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
ESPN's Dan Graziano also predicts a Saints win the Super Bowl. He projects New Orleans will defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
-- Try to match last year's incredible draft class in 2018
-- Find help at a few positions, such as tight end, defensive line, offensive line, cornerback, wide receiver and safety
Assuming New Orleans has a solid offseason and avoids major preseason injuries, it should be in line to compete for another NFC South title.
The 2018 schedule isn't finalized yet, but here's a look at the Saints' opponents:
Home: Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Washington, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles Rams
Away: Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Dallas, New York Giants, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota
Here are some key dates to mark on your calendar:
Feb. 27 – March 5 — NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
March 14 — Start of the 2018 league year. New contracts can be signed and the trading period begins.
April 16 — Teams with returning head coaches can begin offseason workout programs.
April 20 — Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
April 26-28 — NFL draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Mid-July — Training camp can begin.
Aug. 2 — Hall of Fame preseason game
Sept. 1 — Rosters must be down to 53 players
Sept. 6 — Regular season opens