How many wins for the Saints? Bobby, Deuce and Zach make their predictions

See what our resident pros and sports team think the Saints record will be

Kristian Garic
September 05, 2019 - 11:06 am
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Can the Saints climb the mountain again? 

Will they have a hangover from the no call? 

We’ll find out the answers to these questions shortly as the regular season kicks off this weekend. The New Orleans Saints open with a Monday night matchup against the Houston Texans before embarking on one of the league’s tougher schedules as matchups against at the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks are on the slate.

Still New Orleans boasts a talented roster including the NFL’s all-time leading passer in quarterback Drew Brees, giving the Saints a good shot at making another deep run in the playoffs.

How do WWL’s resident pros and sports team think the season will play out? Take a look at our predictions for the Saints in 2019.

Bobby Hebert: I think the Saints could be a better team this year, but the record might not be as good as it was last year, if that makes sense. It’s just really hard to win 13 games. The first four games are brutal, and if they can make it through the first quarter of the season at 2 and 2, I think that bodes well. Record: 11-5.

Zach Strief: I think this is a comfortable spot for them to finish this season.  Obviously, the opening schedule is tough, and it will test them early. Come back to New Orleans 3-0 and they may blow past this estimate, but I think that is going to be very hard to do. A tough game on the road vs. Chicago looms in the middle of the season, but it’s the week before that could trip them up in Jacksonville. That’s a team that should be much better than last year and their defense was excellent even before Josh Allen, who has been fantastic in the preseason. The Saints are still one of the best teams in football, and I think their record will reflect that. Record: 12-4. 

Deuce McAllister: One of the things to think about is it’s extremely hard to win 13 games in the NFL. I just don’t know if they are going to get the breaks they got last year. The biggest question mark for me is can they avoid a major injury at a key position. Record: 11-5.

Kristian Garic: Everything went their way last season, save for one stinking play.  The Saints were robbed as we know. I just think it’s extremely hard to get back to the NFC championship game let alone in back-to-back seasons. The Saints are talented but will they get the breaks they got last year? That’s a lot to ask every year. You have to be fortunate with injuries too. Record: 11-5.

Steve Geller: 16-0. Just kidding, but there is no doubt in my mind that the Black & Gold will have a third-straight double-digit win season. The offense remains one of the best in the NFL and I've been loving the energy along with the performance from the defense. The first quarter of the schedule is the toughest. (Texans, at the Rams, at the Seahawks and then Cowboys) Coach Payton preaches annually about getting off to a fast start and that will be imperative this season. Record: 12-4.

Seth Dunlap: The Saints’ schedule is among the toughest in the NFL and even my 12-win prediction may be slightly optimistic. Tough road games against the Rams, Seahawks, Bears along with home contests against the Texans, Cowboys, 49ers, and Colts all present possible pitfalls. That’s before even getting to games against their divisional rivals in Atlanta, Carolina, and Tampa Bay — all of whom project to be better than last season. I’ll be very impressed if they’re again the NFC’s top seed into the playoffs, but it would be a heavy disappointment if this team doesn’t at least play deep into January. Record: 12-4.

Amos Morale III: The NFC South is going to be tough this season. Atlanta has invested heavily in keeping Matt Ryan clean and Carolina should be formidable again this year. The Saints will likely split the series with both of these teams and could drop games at Seattle and at Chicago. Still New Orleans is one of the NFL’s bests and will likely tally double digit wins again.​ Record: 12-4.

 

 

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