Reasons to be Cautious:
The Defense – 7,042 yards (440.1 per game)! That is simply embarrassing. Some of that is a product of the talent in their division, but that talent hasn’t gone down (in fact it has gone up). With Atlanta (Ryan, Jones, White, Gonzalez and Jackson), Carolina (Newton, Smith, Stewart and Williams) and Tampa Bay (Freeman, Jackson, Williams and Martin), this defense will have its’ work cut out for it in 2013.
WRs – Colston and Moore put up good numbers last year, but all WRs do that with Brees. I still do not consider Colston to be a dominant WR. However, take this with a grain of salt; Brees still threw for 5,000 plus yards and had 3 receivers (Colston, Moore, Graham) in the top 22 for yards (4 in the top 63 if you count Sproles) and all 4 players ranked in the top 33 for receptions.
Running Game – Mark Ingram has been a disappointment so far (602 yards in 2012), however, he did average 3.9 ypc and I believe he will be the featured back in 2013 and finally have as much of a breakout type year (800-1,000 yards) as a RB can have in this type of offense. Also, the Saints basically use the dump off to Sproles in place of a run game – and it worked to the tune of 75 catches, 667 yards (8.9 avg) and 7 TDs.