NFL power rankings to kick off the Wild Card round of the playoffs

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 31: JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs upfield for a 96 yard kickoff return touchdown in the third quarter during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on December 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 31: JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs upfield for a 96 yard kickoff return touchdown in the third quarter during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on December 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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TAMPA, FL – DECEMBER 31: Running back Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints runs for a first down during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 31, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL – DECEMBER 31: Running back Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints runs for a first down during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 31, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /

15. . L, 31-24 at Buccaneers. Previous: . New Orleans Saints. 5. team

The Saints would have liked to win their 2017 regular-season finale, as that would have helped their playoff seeding a bit. But New Orleans is still sitting pretty as the fourth seed in the NFC playoff picture, which means they’ll get a home game against the Panthers in the Wild Card round.

This could be a bonus, as the Saints beat the Panthers both times this season. Who knows if that carries over to the playoffs, but it’s worth mentioning.

Quarterback Drew Brees will have to be at his best, of course, but all eyes are going to be on running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. They’ve been stellar.

And can New Orleans’ suddenly good defense hold? There’s your question mark.