New Orleans Saints 2020 Win Total - NFL Pick, Odds and Prediction
2020-03-31 14:00:00 EDT
The New Orleans Saints had been a consistent force in the NFL Playoffs over the previous decade, but their dominant 13-3 regular season in 2019 was derailed by an overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card Game, and New Orleans was left searching for answers. The Saints will look to take another NFC South title in 2020, and if all goes well for the team they will also get back to doing damage in the postseason. Get Free NFL Picks and NFL Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place.
Subtractions: In many of the impact positions, the Saints look pretty well set. That said there are a few names whose absences will be felt in New Orleans this season. Safety Vonn Bell signed a three-year contract with the Bengals after logging 86 combined tackles in 13 games last season, and cornerback Eli Apple takes his 233 career tackles to Las Vegas on a one-year deal. Linebacker AJ Klein has also departed after signing an $18 million deal with the Bills.
There will also be a Teddy-Bridgewater-sized hole on the depth chart at QB, as he’s moved on to Carolina on a $63 million deal. Bridgewater was a nice backup for aging QB Drew Brees last year, notching five starts with a 67.9 percent completion percentage and nine passing touchdowns on the year. The electric Taysom Hill will compete for a backup position this season, but the Saints have some tinkering to do when it comes to QB depth. That could become a major issue if Brees has injury troubles in 2020.
Additions: One big name here is safety Malcolm Jenkins, who will go into his second stint with the Saints in 2020. Jenkins is a 10-year NFL veteran with 873 combined tackles and 17 interceptions over his career in New Orleans and Philly.
Journeyman wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is also another interesting pickup. He managed 36 receptions for 502 yards and three touchdowns with the 49ers last year, but has been hampered by inconsistent and run-first offenses over his last few years. Sanders’ numbers should get a healthy increase this season, and if he plays to his potential New Orleans will get a big boost with another passing option.
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Overall: All things considered, I’m pretty bullish on the Saints this year. On paper, it seems New Orleans has plugged their holes nicely, and Brees once again has some solid weapons in an experienced and talented offense.
Realistically, the Saints shouldn’t face a ton of competition in the NFC South this year; the Falcons, Buccaneers and Panthers each had losing seasons in 2019, and the Saints went 5-1 in the division as a result. You can probably chalk New Orleans up for a 4-2 record or better in their NFC South outings unless we see some marked improvement from the other three teams.
Beyond that, the Saints have a few tough games ahead versus the 49ers, Chiefs, Packers and Vikings, but also have some relatively softer matchups with the Bears, Lions, Eagles, Broncos and Raiders. I think 11 or 12 wins is very doable for this New Orleans 2020 squad.