Team Report - New Orleans Saints
|New Orleans vs Seattle Recap - Seahawks Win 23-15|
|New Orleans vs Philadelphia Recap - Saints Win 26-24|
|Tampa Bay vs New Orleans Wrap - New Orleans Wins 42-17|
|No Injuries to Report|
|No Trends to Report|
|No Transactions to Report|
|LAST 5 GAMES|
|Game Date||Result||Line||Total||ATS Result||OU Result|
|Jan 11, 2014||Lost 23-15 @ Se@tle||9||43.5||W||U|
|Jan 4, 2014||Won 26-24 @ Philadelphia||3||54.5||W||U|
|Dec 29, 2013||Won 42-17 vs Tampa Bay||-10.5||47||W||O|
|Dec 22, 2013||Lost 17-13 @ Carolina||3||44||L||U|
|Dec 15, 2013||Lost 27-16 @ St. Louis||-6.5||47.5||L||U|
|Offensive Total Yards||401.89||3|
|Offensive Rush Yards||98.11||23|
|Offensive Passing Yards||303.78||2|
|Average Score For||25.28||11|
|Defensive Total Yards||301.33||2|
|Defensive Rush Yards||113.33||20|
|Defensive Passing Yards||188.00||2|
|Average Score Against||19.50||4|
New Orleans’ offseason distractions and historically bad year on defense led to a 7-9 SU and 8-8 ATS campaign in 2012. But the off-year could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Saints, who come into the season with much lower outside expectations than usual. Drew Brees will once again command one of the elite passing attacks in the NFL, and with even a slight improvement on defense, that should be enough to compete for the NFC South title. One thing is for sure; the Saints are going to light up plenty of scoreboards in 2013.
New Orleans Saints 2012-2013 Season Odds
Even after a success 2011 season nothing is for sure in New Orleans this season with the Saints trying to recover from the Bounty Gate scandal.
Odds to win NFC South: +130
Thanks to Bounty Gate the Saints will be without head coach Sean Payton for the entire season. During his year-long suspension Joe Vitt will be the interim head coach and try to hold down the fort. There's also a chance at defensive coordinator, where Steve Spagnuolo will take over from Gregg Williams.
Payton may be gone for the season, but the Saints still have Drew Brees at the helm of last season's No. 1 offense. Brees set a new single season record with 5476 passing yards last season with 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Brees' top targets, Marque Colston, Jimmy Graham and Lance Moore all return, so Brees should be in store for another monster season.
Everyone knows the Saints pass attack is one of the best, but they also had a solid run game last season, ranking sixth in he league (132.9 yards per game). New Orleans used a committee of running backs last season and that could be the base again this season with the tandem of Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram.
While the Saints offense dominates the New Orleans defense remains suspect. Last season they were No. 24 in the league and this season they'll have to get by without leader Jonathan Vilma. He's been suspended for the season do to his involvement with Bounty Gate.
Even with all of the offseason turmoil the Saints are still the favorites in the NFC South thanks to their explosive offense. If their defense can pick up the slack and brave the Bounty Gate fallout New Orleans could be Super Bowl bound again.
Odds to win NFC South at Bovada as of August 20
2012 New Orleans Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 9 WAS @ NO (Superdome 1:00pm FOX)
New Orleans Saints 2011-2012 Season Odds Preview
Following up their Super Bowl winning season with an 11-5 regular season and a Wild Card berth, New Orleans looked poised for another deep playoff run, but suffered a shocking upset at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks.
The Saints made some solid additions this offseason while keeping most of their core in place, and should be extra motivated to win the division this season after last year’s debacle on the road.
Odds to Win NFC South: +110
New Orleans’ offense is built around an explosive passing game, and Drew Brees is the perfect quarterback to run it. Brees has been a model of consistency for the Saints, throwing for at least 4,350 yards and 33 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.
All of his favorite wideouts return this season, led by Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Robert Meachem. Reggie Bush is gone, but the Saints were quick to replace him with another speedy pass-catching back in Darren Sproles, who played with Brees back in San Diego.
This will continue to be a pass-first offense, but the additions of Sproles, first-round pick Mark Ingram, and veteran center Olin Kreutz should help improve the running game as a change of pace.
On defense, the Saints had an outstanding pass defense last season thanks to a strong secondary led by safety Darren Sharper. The defense’s weakness was against the rush, but the addition of defensive tackle Shaun Ellis should give that unit an immediate improvement. The Saints also used their other first-round pick on California defensive end Cameron Jordan to add even more depth to the line.
New Orleans made all the right moves this season to put themselves in position to battle with Atlanta for the NFC South and make a deep playoff run. Barring any major injuries or surprises, this is definitely a playoff team; it will simply be a matter of whether they represent the NFC South or earn a Wild Card berth.
Week 1: at Green Bay
NFC South Odds at Bovada as of August 24:
2011 New Orleans Saints Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 08 NO @ GB (Lambeau Field 8:30pm NBC)