The New Orleans Saints offense ranked second in the league with a whopping 469 points but defensively they were as bad as the offense was good. Let's preview the team's 2017-2018 schedule as well as the NFL odds to win the NFC and Super Bowl.
Sep. 11 at Minnesota Vikings (Mon) 7:10 PM (WIN)
Sep. 17 New England Patriots 1:00 PM (LOSS)
Sep. 24 at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM (LOSS)
Oct. 1 at Miami Dolphins (London) 9:30 AM (WIN)
Oct. 8 BYE
Oct. 15 Detroit Lions 1:00 PM (WIN)
Oct. 22 at Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM (LOSS)
Oct. 29 Chicago Bears 1:00 PM (WIN)
Nov. 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM (WIN)
Nov. 12 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM (LOSS)
Nov. 19 Washington Redskins 1:00 PM (WIN)
Nov. 26 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM (WIN)
Dec. 3 Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM (LOSS)
Dec. 7 at Atlanta Falcons (Thu) 8:25 PM (LOSS)
Dec. 17 New York Jets 1:00 PM (WIN)
Dec. 24 Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM (WIN)
Dec. 31 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM (LOSS)
Season Record Prediction: 9-7
Preview & NFL Odds
When a team has a quarterback like Drew Brees and an offense that trailed only the Atlanta Falcons in points scored last season then you can be sure that they must be taken seriously. However, their defense has kept them out of the postseason for the past three years which has led to three consecutive 7-9 seasons. But New Orleans has clearly focused on that glaring deficiency as they dealt receiver Brandin Cooks to New England for the 32nd pick in the draft, which will more than likely be used on a top defensive prospect.
Their schedule will not be a walk in the park, as the six mandatory NFC South games will be against the Super Bowl runner-up Atlanta Falcons, a Carolina team that will be closer to their Super Bowl edition from two seasons ago than the abysmal failure they were last year and the upstart Tampa Bay Bucs. The Saints went 2-4 against divisional foes last season and will need to be at least 4-2 if they are to contend for the division crown. New Orleans will start the season with three of four on the road including a date in Foxboro against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. They also travel to Lambeau Field for a meeting with the always dangerous Green Bay Packers. The NFL odds are long for this team to claim a title but if they retool their defense, the Saints could be worth a few bucks in your NFL picks.
*Update: Adrian Peterson Signs with Saints*
Adrian Peterson has turned the page on the next chapter of his NFL career. The polarizing All-Pro running back has landed down on the bayou with an incentive-laden two-year deal that could be a game changer for the New Orleans offensive attack. If Peterson is remotely close to the gold standard he set in his years with Minnesota, it will make Drew Brees even more dangerous as opposing defenses will no longer be able to focus exclusively on the one-dimensional aerial attack of the Saints.
NFC Conference Odds: +2600 at 5Dimes.Super Bowl Odds: +6600 at 5Dimes.