Out of their last three seasons, the Saints had a couple of unexceptional ones, which include last year, where they apparently forgot the ways of defense. New Orleans hired DC Rob Ryan before last season, and ended at fourth place, but PPH bookie services saw that last season they fell to 31st place. The team will have no choice but to improve their defense if they’re looking to make it to the postseason once again. Considering this, sportsbooks gave the Saints odds of +1800 to win the NFC Conference, +225 for the NFC South, and +3300 for the Super Bowl. Sean Payton, who’s the Saints’ head Coach, as well as the team’s administration, are confident that they did what they had to do to improve the team’s defense. Dennis Allen, who was head coach for the Raiders, joined the Saints to help Ryan in the defensive department.
During the offseason, the Saints acquired the services of LB’s Anthony Spencer and Dannell Ellerbe, as well as CB’s Kyle Wilson and Brandon Browner. This year, New Orleans also went heavy on the defense as they used 5 picks, which include Clemson LB Stephone, standing at 6-feet-3 and weighing 243 pounds.
The team’s revival begins with their defense, where DE’s Akiem Hicks and Cameron Jordan have to bounce back from last season, which was mediocre at best. The Saints’ top pass rusher was LB Junior Galette, having recorded 10 sacks, while Jordan had 7.5. With this in mind, many experts believe that things for the Saints will improve this time around.
When it comes to their offense, there’s veteran QB Drew Brees, who will be playing in what is set to be his 15th season in the league, after a season in which he was leading the NFL in passing yards, having recorded 4,952, and tied with Steelers QB Ben Rothliesberger. 33 TD’s were thrown by the player, and he was a key element to the top placed offense in the NFL.
However, PPH bookie services know that Brees will work this year without TE Jimmy Graham, something that could affect things on the field. Graham was traded to Seattle for a first-round pick, as well as center Max Unger. But their offense is not necessary in trouble, as they added the services of RB C.J. Spiller and Andrus Peat – huge tackle from Stanford. The team still has WR’s Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston, and still ahve one of the top offenses in the NFL.
Having a better defense, many experts believe that New Orleans will be contenders to clinch the NFC South crown and reach the postseason. The Saints have a proper schedule when it comes to predictions for the Super Bowl, but they must work on their consistency on the field.