2022 New Orleans Saints Predictions with Odds to Win Super Bowl
It was an up and down season in 2021 for the New Orleans Saints. They ultimately ended it with a 9-8 record and were unable to make the playoffs despite winning four of their last five games. It was a difficult season for the team as more than 20 players were affected by a Covid-19 outbreak. The injury bug also bit the team harshly as Michael Thomas missed the entire season, Jameis Winston missed 10 games, and their offensive line was affected greatly. The lack of effective quarterback play ultimately sunk the team, and they will hope this changes moving forward. It also is a new era in New Orleans as Sean Payton stepped down as head coach.
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New Orleans will begin their season facing off against the Falcons in Atlanta. They then will return home to play the Buccaneers before traveling to Carolina to play the Panthers. The Saints will then travel to England for a matchup with the Vikings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Saints will then return home for back-to-back home games against the Seahawks and Bengals in Weeks 5 and 6. New Orleans will then travel for a Thursday night matchup against the Cardinals. They will return home to play the Las Vegas Raiders and then the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. The Saints will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in Week 10 and then return home to face the Rams. They then have back-to-back road games against the 49ers and Buccaneers. The matchup with the Bucs will be on Monday night, and New Orleans has its Bye Week in Week 14. The Saints will then face the Falcons at home following the bye before back-to-back away games against the Browns and Eagles. Their final game will be at home against the Carolina Panthers.
The Saints are +5000 odds to win the Super Bowl, which is tied for the 20th shortest odds. They are +2200 to win the NFC Conference, which is the 9th shortest odds. New Orleans is +350 to win the NFC South, which is the second shortest odds in the division. Their regular season over/under win total is set at 8 games, and the Saints are +125 odds to make the playoffs.
Key Players: Jameis Winston, Michael Thomas
The biggest question mark surrounding the Saints in 2022 is what level Jameis Winston can play at. The Saints agreed to give Winston a 2-year, $28 million deal with the hope he will step up into the role as a legitimate starter. They also spent a first-round pick on Chris Olave, who impressed at Ohio State, and signed Jarvis Landry in free agency. The trio of Thomas, Olave, and Landry are set to be an impressive trio of receivers if Winston can step up to the plate.
The offense has plenty of room for improvement from last season. In 2021, the Saints ranked 28th in yards tallied and 27th in the first downs. New Orleans was dead last in passing yards and had the 28th ranked turnover percentage. It is unfair to fully judge Winston as he played in just seven games and tallied 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns, and just 3 interceptions. Taysom Hill was unable to grow into a legitimate QB option, and Trevor Siemian greatly struggled.
Key Players: Tyrann Mathieu, Marshon Lattimore
The Saints made headlines this offseason by signing prized safety Tyrann Mathieu. He will replace Malcolm Jenkins, who elected to retire following the 2021 season. The Saints also added Marcus Maye, who previously played for the Jets. The Saints' defensive unit has impressed in recent years, and there are high hopes under defensive-minded head coach Dennis Allen. Adding Mathieu and Maye to the core of Marshon Lattimore and CJ Gardner-Johnson has exciting potential.
The defense deserves a ton of credit for helping carry the team in 2021. Even with the erratic quarterback play, and overall offensive performance, the strong defensive performance secured the winning record. In 2021 the Saints' defense ranked 4th in the NFL in points allowed, second in first downs and third in passing touchdowns. They also held opponents to the lowest yards per carry average across the entire NFL. New Orleans will need another impressive performance from the defense if they are to succeed this year.
The Saints have a lot of question marks surrounding them this season. The most fateful question is if James Winston can stand in as a legitimate starting quarterback. He has shown exciting flashes and tremendous blunders over the course of his seven-year career. The new head coach also is a major change that could take some time to find success. The -155 line to miss the playoffs is a little steep but is a safe bet. The Bucs have a strong hold on winning the division, and there are a lot of good teams the Saints will have to compete with for a Wild Card spot.
Given the poor division outside of the Buccaneers, the odds of over 3.5 divisional wins at +135 is an appealing bet. Both the Falcons and Panthers are capable of being beaten twice, and the Saints could also steal a win from the Bucs. Olave is also worth a flyer on at +1000 for Rookie of the Year. He has a great situation with Thomas set to demand major defensive attention. He also has some great value for over 4.5 touchdowns at +100.
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