New Orleans Saints Betting Odds Preview
After enjoying three straight seasons with 11 or more wins that included two NFC South division titles, the New Orleans Saints fell flat in 2012 to the tune of a 7-9 SU and 8-8 ATS record. With head coach Sean Payton returning and a new look on defense, New Orleans will try to get back on track.
Leading up to the 2012 season, New Orleans dealt with an offseason mired in controversy as details of bounties placed on opposing teams’ players became public. Head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire season, and the Saints got off to an ugly 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS start. New Orleans finished its last 12 games 7-5 SU and ATS, but the damage had already been done.
It was business as usual on the offensive side of the ball, where Drew Brees had another monster season racking up 5,177 passing yards and 43 passing touchdowns for the most potent passing attack in the NFL. The Saints finished second in the NFL in total yards averaging 410.9 yards per game and third in scoring with 28.8 points per game. The Saints offense has been a consistent juggernaut since Brees joined the team in 2006.
League-worst doesn’t even begin to describe how bad New Orleans’ defense was. The Saints finished second to last in passing defense and dead last in rushing defense, giving up an astounding 7,042 total yards on the season; over 900 yards more than the 31st ranked team. The good news for new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is that it can’t possibly get any worse, so even the slightest of improvements would be considered an achievement.
New Orleans’ offense is good enough to outshoot just about anyone, so even without much improvement on defense the Saints should give Atlanta a run for its money in the NFC South. But if Ryan’s new 3-4 scheme catches on and provides even modest returns, the Saints could bounce back as one of the NFC’s top teams.
NFC South Odds at Bovada as of August 3
Atlanta Falcons +130
New Orleans Saints +150
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +500
Carolina Panthers +550