Drew Brees, now 40 years old, showed no signs of slowing down last year with 32 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He's at +800 to win the NFL MVP.
If the New Orleans Saints can put another heartbreaking playoff loss behind them, they could very well be playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy this year. But that’s a huge “if.” There’s no need to rehash the horrible officiating that kept the Saints out of last year’s championship game, but don’t forget that they were also stunned by a Minnesota Vikings last-second touchdown that eliminated New Orleans two years ago. So is this the year Sean Payton’s squad gets over the hump?
New Orleans Saints Acquisitions and Transactions
The Saints return most of the nucleus that they’ve had together for the past couple of seasons and that had eight players making the Pro Bowl last year. New Orleans also made a couple of splashes in the off-season by signing tight end Jared Cook and running back Latavius Murray. Cook is coming off a huge year with the Raiders that saw him grab 68 catches for 896 yards and eight touchdowns. Murray will be counted on to fill the void that Mark Ingram left when he skipped town to Baltimore. The Saints also drafted Erik McCoy and signed veteran Nick Easton in hopes that one of them can emerge as the starting centre after Max Unger retired.
New Orleans Saints 2019 NFL Schedule
New Orleans is a notoriously slow-starting team and this schedule will make it hard for the Saints to get out of the gate quickly again this year. That said, the Saints’ schedule is ranked as the 10th easiest in the league by CBS Sports. The mid-season bye will be be welcomed by Week 9 and New Orleans has a bunch of home games against teams that missed the playoffs last year.
Week 1: vs. Houston Texans on Sept. 9 at 7:10 p.m. ET on ESPN
Week 2: at Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 15 at 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 22 at 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 4: vs. Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 29 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC
Week 5: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 6: at Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS
Week 7: at Chicago Bears on Oct. 20 at 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 8: vs. Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: vs. Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 11: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 12: vs. Carolina Panthers on Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 28 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Week 14: vs. San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 15: vs. Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 16 at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Week 16: at Tennessee Titans on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 17: at Carolina Panthers on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
New Orleans Saints NFL Betting and Odds
The Saints’ season win total is set at 10.5 and they are at -312 to make the playoffs, so it goes without saying that they are going to see some heavy chalk at times this year. That’s what you can expect with a future Hall of Fame quarterback that has made a career of shredding opposing defences. Drew Brees, now 40 years old, showed no signs of slowing down last year with 32 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He’s at +800 to win the NFL MVP.
Even though the Saints ranked third overall in averaging 31.5 points per game, they actually played under the total in nine regular season games. That’s a testament to how much this club’s defence has improved. They ranked second in the NFL against the run, allowing just 80.2 yards per game and started the year playing under the total in their first five games.
This team brings back a roster that’s full of talent and experience and oddsmakers have the Saints as -182 favourites to win the NFC South and at +800 to win the Super Bowl.
New Orleans Saints Prediction
Provided the Saints avoid major injuries, get their starting centre sorted and get wide receiver Mike Thomas signed, there’s no reason to think they won’t be a playoff team. Running back Alvin Kamara might be the most exciting player in the league and Cook should be a great fit with this offence. On defence, the Saints will continue to try to take away the ground game and look to have better depth this season. This is a team that could be on the brink of a championship and has a lot to play for, but it will have to put its setbacks in the rear-view mirror. Prediction: Expect the Saints to be in the hunt in the playoffs again after going 11-5 in the regular season.