While the bounty program continues to hang over their heads and adjusting to life without suspended coach Sean Payton could take some getting used to, the New Orleans Saints still believe they're primed for another big season given their success over the years.
Though three consecutive losing seasons doesn't leave much room for optimism, the Washington Redskins have plenty to be excited about with the Robert Griffin III era about to get underway.
In one of the more enticing Week 1 matchups, New Orleans and Washington square off Sunday at the Superdome.
With Payton and linebacker Jonathan Vilma banned for the season and assistant head coach Joe Vitt (six games), general manager Mickey Loomis (eight games) and defensive end Will Smith (four games) suspended for their roles in New Orleans' bounty system, it remains to be seen if those off-the-field troubles will affect the Saints' on-field performance.
The team, though, isn't expecting any kind of drop off.