OddsShark Top Sportsbooks
*Terms and Conditions apply to all bonus offers on this website. Visit operator for details.

Brees is Back For Another Year of Burning Secondaries

The boys on the Bayou finished 2015 with a 7-9 record despite having one of the worst defenses in the history of the NFL. The Saints improved their front seven through the draft and rid themselves of the dead weight of Brandon Browner but are still far from defensive juggernauts. New Orleans gave up the most yards per rush attempt in the league last season and gave up the most touchdowns in the history of the league.

Drew Brees is still an elite quarterback with an elite offensive line in front of him. If he and his group of young talented receivers can stay healthy, they will have one of the most efficient passing attacks in the game.

Mark Ingram showed last season what he can do as a feature back in an offense with Drew Brees calling the signals. Consistency in the running game is something the Saints have not had for a long time and Ingram can give them that if he manages to stay off of the injured reserve list.

Here are some of their odds for the 2016 season:

Super Bowl +6600

This one’s a stretch. The Saints last played in a Super Bowl when they beat the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 to earn the right to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Only three teams in the history of the NFL have won the Super Bowl the year after finishing with a sub .500 record - the 2001 Patriots, the 1999 Rams and the 1981 Giants.

NFC Championship +3300

There’s a ton of money on the table if you think this New Orleans team has a chance to be one of the two best in the league. That, however, seems improbable. Brees still has some gas in the tank and this roster has quite a lot of promise, but this is not the year they make a Super Bowl run. Sean Payton knows how to grow a winning culture and if the Saints make it out of this year healthy, they will have a chance to compete after they improve their roster with another round of draft picks.

NFC South +600

This division is pretty much the Panthers’ to lose. They finished last season with the best record in the NFL and should be an improved team other than the loss of Josh Norman. New Orleans improved marginally but not significantly and will have their two 2015 losses to the Panthers fresh in their memories.

That said, the Saints only lost to Carolina by a combination of six points last year and began the season with three straight losses. NO should be the second best team in this division but with the Buccaneers reportedly improving and with the Falcons' always dangerous offense, division wins might once again be hard to come by.

OVER/UNDER win total – 7

This is a very manageable win total for the Saints. They have the fourth easiest schedule in the NFL based on last year’s records and will only have to match what they did last year to achieve this total. I don’t think it’s unrealistic to project this team as a 9-7 squad. Despite their historically bad defense last season, their offense kept them in games and four of their losses were by a touchdown or less.

Brandin Cooks to lead the league in Receiving yards +5000

Don’t get it twisted, this is a long-shot pick but I have some stats to back it up. Cooks is going to be the No. 1 target for Drew Brees this season, on deep balls and otherwise. Through his two seasons in the NFL, Cooks has shown that he has some of the surest hands in the league, dropping just six of his 143 total targets.

In the final five games of 2015, Cooks posted three games with over 100 yards receiving and clearly established himself as the No. 1 choice for his quarterback. The Oregon State product will have a hard time keeping up with the likes of Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. but I like the value here a lot better than I like the Saints' Super Bowl odds.

2016 New Orleans Saints Futures Odds
Super Bowl+6600
NFC Championship+3300
NFC South+600
Win Total7

Odds as of August 27 at Bovada