NFL Future Win Totals Over/Under New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints 8 Wins Over/Under: Over
Sean Payton has had his hand on the fire for a few years and the Saints fans are getting frustrated with the recent lack of success. The team has made some changes and they hope that the new look will be the key to their transformation.
Drew Brees will be at the helm of the offense once again but there are quite a few changes to the roster. One main difference is the offseason trade of star wide receiver Brandon Cooks to the Patriots for a first round pick in return. That may seem like a big blow to the Saints offense but it really may not be. Michael Thomas burst on the scene in his rookie year and proved he is capable of being a number one wide receiver and will blossom in the role. Willie Snead has also developed a special connection with Brees and the two together will once again provide a solid stat sheet. Lastly, The Saints acquired Ted Ginn Jr. in the off season and Ginn’s speed will provide Brees with a deep ball threat that he so greatly needs. Add to that a great run blocking wide receiver in Brandon Coleman and it seems the WR core will be very strong once again.
One of the more interesting acquisitions is running back Adrian Peterson. Last season Mike Ingram had the best NFL season of his career and it looked like he had solidified the starting position for years to come but now they have AP. That tandem will be extremely strong and it is possible that Peterson actually gets the majority of the carries out of the backfield. Peterson is nearing the end of his career but is as strong as ever and a player who changes the dynamics of opposing defenses. Just his presence will force teams to rely less on defending the pass and focus on the run. The Saints primary pass catcher from the backfield will be Alvin Kamara.
Another positive aspect of the offense this season will be the offensive line. The Saints added guard Larry Warford and the O-line is slated to be among the league’s best in 2017. One issue they may have is that they will be starting the season without Max Unger who underwent foot surgery. Until his return, there will be a slight uncertainty as to the strength of his position.
All eyes will be on the defense in 2017 as the Saints try to win their way back to being an elite NFL team. With players like Rankins, Onyemata and Davidson is appears their main strength will be the defensive tackle position. The biggest question mark will be how good the defensive end position will be. New Orleans hopes that new addition Alex Okafor will step up playing opposite Cameron Jordan but the overall the Saints will still need some players to step up at pass rush and give the team a much-needed boost.
The linebacker position will also come down to who has the best preseason in training camp as the only lock at the position will be Dannell Ellerbe. The Saints have added Manti Te’o who will be sure to fight for a spot at the position as well. Cornerback is another position New Orleans is gaining depth in. First round draft pick, Marshon Lattimore will be the main focus but there a quite a few promising players who are healthy again and will battle for a position and will create a ton of depth in.
Overall, the Saints seem to have finally had a decent offseason regarding their acquisitions and are poised to have a comeback year. The revamped offense and new look at defense will give them the boost they are hoping for to push them back into the playoffs once again. Sean Payton knows this may be his final year and will pull out all the stops in order to for his team to start winning once again. Cover The Spread 365 has every NFL Team Win Total.