While the New Orleans Saints had an impressive 12-4 record in the regular season, Sean Payton’s club never felt like a real contender in 2020-2021. Quarterback Drew Brees was a model of inconsistency last season and promptly retired following a disappointing home loss in the playoffs to the Buccaneers.
The Saints were able to clinch the NFC South for the fourth season in a row, but Tampa Bay always felt like the best team in that division. If you make bets on the Saints, they were 9-7 against the spread last season. In terms of the total, New Orleans covered the over ten times.
This year, Jameis Winston will be the Saints starting quarterback, with backup Taysom Hill getting his fair share of field time as well. Winston is a former number one pick and threw for over 5,000 yards as the Bucs starter in 2019. The former Florida State Seminole also led the NFL in interceptions with 30 that season and will need to keep them to a minimum in 2021-2022 if the Saints want to make the postseason.
Winston will have some nice options around him, with Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara and All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas. Thomas dealt with ankle injuries last season but holds many Saints receiving records and is among one of the best wideouts in the game when healthy.
The Saints didn’t make a few additions during free agency, with the biggest signing being edge rusher Trey Hendrickson and defensive linemen Sheldon Rankins and Malcolm Brown. New Orleans lost a couple of veterans in the offseason, including corner Janoris Jenkins, receiver Emmanuel Sanders, and tight end Jared Cook.
Action 247 Sportsbook has the New Orleans Saints betting odds for the over/under on wins this season set at 8.5. New Orleans is +375 to win the NFC South and is listed at +2900 to win Super Bowl 56.