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Strief bullish on Black and Gold’s 2019 outlook

"Voice of the Saints" predicts 13-3 season


The Saints officially released the 2019 schedule on Wednesday afternoon, and with it, also officially ignited the debate about what the team’s record will be at season’s end. If you ask Saints Radio Network play-by-play announcer Zach Strief, it will be a very good season indeed.

“Listen, I think the Saints are the most talented team in football this year,” Strief said. “So I have a hard time not saying I think they’re gonna have the best record. I don’t see somebody that has a roster as developed and complete as the Saints. I think they had minimal holes going into the offseason, and I think they did a very good job of filling them.”

Speaking on WWL Radio’s Sports Talk on Thursday, Strief didn’t beat around the bush when it came to his prediction for the season.

“I went 13-3,” Strief said of his prognostication. “I really think you could very easily see this team come out of the gate and win three of four to open up. I’d be surprised if they weren’t. I don’t think they going 0 for 2 on that road trip One of those teams is gonna lose to the Saints. And you come out of that, you’ve got Tampa, Jacksonville, Chicago, Arizona… those are all very winnable games for the Saints.

“You get a bye week then four divisional opponents. Yes, it’s hard playing divisional teams, but our record against those teams is pretty darn good. I could see the Saints going 6-2, 7-1 in that stretch, and being right there on pace at the end of the year to win 12 or 13 games.”

You can hear more of Strief’s analysis by clicking the podcast link.

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