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New Orleans Saints Season Odds Preview


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
Regular Season Win Total: 10 (+125)
Props: NFL MVP Odd Drew Brees 9/1

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
New Orleans Saints +130
Atlanta Falcons +130
Carolina Panthers +400
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1500

2012 New Orleans Schedule (All times Eastern)

01 Sep 9 WAS @ NO (Superdome 1:00pm FOX)
02 Sep 16 NO @ CAR (Bank of America Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
03 Sep 23 KC @ NO (Superdome 1:00pm CBS)
04 Sep 30 NO @ GB (Lambeau Field 4:25pm FOX)
05 Oct 7 SD @ NO (Superdome 8:20pm NBC)
06 BYE
07 Oct 21 NO @ TB (Raymond James Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
08 Oct 28 NO @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 8:20pm NBC)
09 Nov 5 PHI @ NO (Superdome 8:30pm ESPN)
10 Nov 11 ATL @ NO (Superdome 1:00pm FOX)
11 Nov 18 NO @ OAK (O co. Stadium 4:05pm FOX)
12 Nov 25 SF @ NO (Superdome 4:25pm FOX)
13 Nov 29 NO @ ATL (Georgia Dome 8:20pm NFL)
14 Dec 9 NO @ NYG (New Meadowlands Stadium 4:25pm FOX)
15 Dec 16 TB @ NO (Superdome 1:00pm FOX)
16 Dec 23 NO @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
17 Dec 30 CAR @ 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
Regular Season Win Total: Over 10 (-135)
Props: MVP Odds Drew Brees 10/1

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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:
New Orleans Saints +110
Atlanta Falcons +120
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +550
Carolina Panthers +1800

2011 New Orleans Saints Schedule (All times Eastern)

01 Sep 08 NO @ GB (Lambeau Field 8:30pm NBC)
02 Sep 18 CHI @ NO (Superdome 1:00pm FOX)
03 Sep 25 HOU @ NO (Superdome 1:00pm CBS)
04 Oct 02 NO @ JAC (EverBank Field 1:00pm FOX)
05 Oct 09 NO @ CAR (Bank of America Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
06 Oct 16 NO @ TB (Raymond James Stadium 4:15pm FOX)
07 Oct 23 IND @ NO (Superdome 8:20pm NBC)
08 Oct 30 NO @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm FOX)
09 Nov 06 TB @ NO (Superdome 1:00pm FOX)
10 Nov 13 NO @ ATL (Georgia Dome 1:00pm FOX)
11 Bye    
12 Nov 28 NYG @ NO (Superdome 8:30pm ESPN)
13 Dec 04 DET @ NO (Superdome 1:00pm FOX)
14 Dec 11 NO @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm FOX)
15 Dec 18 NO @ MIN (Mall of America Field 1:00pm FOX)
16 Dec 26 ATL @ NO (Superdome 8:30pm ESPN)
17 Jan 01 CAR @ NO (Superdome 1:00pm FOX)