NFL Update: The New Orleans Saints 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
Can The Saints Remain a Super Bowl Contender in 2014?
2014 NFL Off-Season
Current Odds To Win the 2015 Super Bowl: 20-1 See the Latest Odds
2013 Recap: The New Orleans Saints made the playoffs for the fourth time in five years and reached the division round of the playoffs before losing to the Seattle Seahawks. The Saints had the second best passing offense in the league, but had almost no running game that averaged less than 100 yards on the ground a game. The Saints secondary also ranked second in the league, giving fans a balanced team that should compete once again in the tough NFC South.
Key Losses: The Saints watched Lance Moore and Darren Sproles leave their team. Moore played eight seasons with the Saints, racking up 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns, while Sproles was a versatile player who scored five offensive touchdowns and made many special teams plays. Safety Malcolm Jenkins signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after spending his first five seasons with the Saints.
USA TODAY Sports
Key Additions: The biggest pickup for the Saints was signing future HOF cornerback Champ Bailey. Bailey is entering his 16th season in the league and has 52 interceptions and 174 pass deflections. Bailey may be on the downside of his career, but he’s still a solid corner who brings experience to an already nice secondary.
Draft: The Saints helped Drew Brees out by drafting speedy wide receiver Brandin Cooks in the first round. Cooks is a receiver who could start right away and bring some of those explosive plays to the passing games. The Saints then came away with a steal in the fifth round by drafting playmaker defensive back Vinnie Sunseri out of Alabama. Overall, the Saints came away with some solid players who will help them as early as this season.
2014 Outlook, So Far: As usual, you’d be a fool to count the Saints out as long as Brees is still under center. The Saints had one of the best passing games in the league last year and the defense started to come around as well. If the Saints can develop some type of running game and take some of the pressure off their quarterback, this is a team that can go a very long way this season. The Saints aren’t going anywhere just yet.
Sept. 7 at Atlanta Falcons, 1
Sept. 14 at Cleveland Browns, 1
Sept. 21 Minnesota Vikings, 1
Sept. 28 at Dallas Cowboys, 8:30
Oct. 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1
Oct. 12 BYE
Oct. 19 at Detroit Lions, 1
Oct. 26 Green Bay Packers, 8:30*
Oct. 30 at Carolina Panthers (Thu), 8:25
Nov. 9 San Francisco 49ers, 1
Nov. 16 Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Nov. 24 Baltimore Ravens (Mon), 8:30
Nov. 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1
Dec. 7 Carolina Panthers, 1
Dec. 15 at Chicago Bears (Mon), 8:30
Dec. 21 Atlanta Falcons, 1
Dec. 28 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1