All is not well in New Orleans, as the Saints are still reeling from the offseason bounty scandal. One top of that it took them much longer to renegotiate starting quarterback Drew Brees’ contract. Both the scandal and the contract are in to the past and the team and its coaches will look to move on. What will affect the team the most going forward is the loss of head coach Sean Payton. Payton was suspended for the entire season thanks to the bounty scandal.
Most football insiders believe the team will still have a successful season. It will be hard to match last season, as the Saints went 13-3 in the regular season and lost in the divisional playoffs. Included in their regular season was an eight game winning streak to end the regular season. Their loss to San Francisco in the playoffs was heartbreaking, but they should return to make the playoffs this season, even with all the off field problems.
They set new NFL records for total yardage per game at 476 and were the sixth highest rushing team at 133 yards per game. Their defense was 26th in giving up yardage but 12th against the run. The Saints also averaged 13 points more per game than they gave up, which led the league.
Brees was the leader on offense. He completed 71% of his passes and set a new single season passing yardage record of 5,476 yards. Jimmy Graham the TE had 99 catches, while wideout Marques Colston grabbed 80.
The Saints have been given 17-2 odds to win the NFC Championship and 18-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. The Saints have been favored thus far in 11 of their first 15 games, with their 16th game still pending. The Saints are listed as +125 to take the NFC South division and its regular season over/under wins of 9.5 has the OVER at -140 and the UNDER at +110.
The team will win it for the Gipper, with the Gipper being Payton. Look for the Saints to win at least 11 games and lose in the playoffs to Green Bay or Philadelphia.
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