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With head coach Sean Payton back on the sidelines the Saints rebounded from a down year in 2012 to post an 11-5 record and snag a Wild Card spot last season. The Saints boasted their usual potent air attack, but what really surprised football fans was their stellar defense.

With Drew Brees and Co. still leading the offense and the defense upgraded even more the Saints could be marching away with the NFC South this season. Brees topped the 5000 yards passing mark for the third straight season and should be headed that way again with all the weapons at his disposal.

New Orleans Saints Odds to Win NFC South: -150 at Bovada
New Orleans Saints Odds to Win Super Bowl: 14/1 at Bovada
New Orleans Saints Regular Season Win Total: 10 at Bovada
New Orleans Saints Betting Props: Drew Brees to Win NFL MVP 8/1 at Bovada

Jimmy Graham put up elite numbers for a wide receiver never mind a tight end despite dealing with injuries throughout the season. Marques Colston also battled injury early on before returning to form late in the season. Lance Moore exited but Kenny Stills and first round draft pick Brandin Cooks are ready to step in.

The Saints may not be known for their running game, but their by-committee approach continues to work well. Even with Darren Spoles departed Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson make quiite the three-headed monster out of the backfield.

The Saints' defense blossomed under new coordinator Rob Ryan last season. New Orleans was ranked fourth overall, also boasted the No. 4 scoring defense and was second in the league versus the pass. Quarterbacks should be frightened as that pass defense could be even better following the addition of corner Champ Bailey and safety Jairus Byrd. Bailey did disappoint in Denver last season, but he was dealing with a nagging foot injury that would not go away. Byrd may be the top safety in the league and is a huge upgrade on Malcolm Jenkins.

The Saints rewarded bettors handsomely last year with a 10-7-1 ATS record, which included a 7-0-1 ATS mark at home. New Orleans was also solid when favored at 7-4-1 ATS and their defense helped post a 6-12 OVER/UNDER mark.

NFC South Odds at Bovada as of August 5
New Orleans Saints -150
Atlanta Falcons +450
Carolina Panthers +450
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +550

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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.

Odds to Win NFC South: +150 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 9 at Bovada
Betting Props: Drew Brees to win NFL MVP (10/1) at Bovada

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