With the NFL season right around the corner (crossing fingers, toes, and nose), I am going to kick off a series where I breakdown each division in the NFL. Recap the key additions, subtractions from the offseason and tell you what you should bet on the Over/Under for each team.
Today I am going to continue my series within the NFC South and tackle the New Orleans Saints.
Key Additions: Malcolm Jenkins, Emmanuel Sanders, Adam Trautman, Cesar Ruiz, Zack Baun
Key Subtractions: Teddy Bridgewater, Ted Ginn Jr., Eli Apple, A.J. Klein
Last years record: 13-3
Strength of Schedule: .490 (24th)
Vegas Over/Under Win Total: 10.5
The Saints bring back a lot of the team that took them to a 13-3 record just a year ago. But the questions are louder than ever, Could this be the year of decline of Drew Brees? Can the Saints get over the hump?
With the Bucs making a ton of offseason changes, and the rest of the NFC continuing to stack up, the Saints were mostly quiet this offseason. They re-signed the pieces they wanted to keep, and just cut some dead weight as well.
My favorite move of the offseason was the signing of Emmanuel Sanders, the Saints rely way too much on Michael Thomas to do everything, and they haven’t had a formable duo on the field in quite some time.
The defense was hit and miss throughout the season, giving up 24 or more points 9 times last season. They are going to have to get better on the backend of the secondary or they are going to be in trouble this season.
Saints Over/Under 10.5 – Over, but staying away
2020 Record: 10-6
Because the Saints are returning so many guys they are ahead of the teams that haven’t had the chance to have much of an offseason. I do think the Saints will make it back to the playoffs again this year but how far will they go? And will Saints fans be disappointed once again?
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