NFC South regular-season predictions: New Orleans Saints
- Updated: July 19, 2013
We are come, my brothers and sisters, to the third installment in our four-part season predicting the outcome of every regular-season game for all four NFC South teams.
Having demonstrated my evenhanded prognosticatory predilections with the Carolina Panthers and my fair and balanced overage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it’s time to cast the knuckles and divine the fate of our next contender: the New Orleans Saints. Who Dat!
Week 1: vs. Atlanta Falcons
This is going to be one of the most anticipated openers of the season. Fans will be yapping back and forth the entire preseason. And no wonder. Saints v. Falcons is one of the best rivals in the NFL right now. Unfortunately, rookie cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford aren’t ready for a quarterback the caliber of Drew Brees this early, while the defense of newly acquired coordinator Rob Ryan isn’t ready for Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan. Not to mention, this game marks the return of Saints head coach Sean Payton. This is going to be one hell of a high-scoring game.
Final score: Saints 38, Falcons 34
Week 2: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rob Ryan’s defense can’t handle wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams and the Muscle Hamster, running back Doug Martin. Breesus and wide receiver Marques Colston make cornerback Darrelle Revis look human — but this time, it’s Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman closing out the game.
Final score: Saints 28, Bucs 31
Week 3: vs. Arizona Cardinals
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald & Co. make a trip to the Superdome. Fitz has a field day, racking up over 120 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, but it’s just not enough. Colston struggles with cornerback Patrick Peterson, but Cool Brees connects with tight end Jimmy Graham “Cracker” for a big game on par with Fitz’s.
Final score: Saints 24, Cardinals 21
Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins
Miami comes in to the Superdome with a balanced attack. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill witnesses firsthand what an elite quarterback can do. The Dolphins quickly find themselves forced to play catch-up — never an easy task in Who Dat Nation.
Final score: Saints 34, Dolphins 24
Week 5: @ Chicago Bears
This turns out to be a hard-fought game. The Bears defense shows up at a high level to keep the pressure off the new offensive scheme brought by head coach Marc Trestman.
Final score: Saints 17, Bears 20
Week 6: @ New EnglandPatriots
Tight end Rob Gronkowski likely remains out with injury, and even if he’s back, he’s not at 100 percent. It doesn’t matter. Quarterback Tom Brady picks apart this defense, while Brees puts up no shortage of yards and touchdowns. The man with the better weapons prevails in the end.
Final score: Saints 31, Pats 28
Week 7: Bye
Week 8: vs. Buffalo Bills
Running back C.J. Spiller has a huge game here. Whether Kevin Kolb or rookie E.J. Manuel starts at quarterback, it won’t matter. The Bills don’t have what it takes to stop Brees & Co.
Final score: Saints 28, Bills 24
Week 9: @ New York Jets
Poor defense, meet terrible offense. New York doesn’t have a chance against the NFC South teams. This one is another blowout.
Final score: Saints 41, Jets 17
Week 10: vs. Dallas Cowboys
Dallas ambles into town for a with Rob Ryan, who has something special dialed up for quarterback Tony Romo. Although linebacker Demarcus Ware gets to Brees and wide receiver Dez Bryant has a strong showing, Dallas comes up short in a classic Romo fourth-quarter collapse.
Final score: Saints 27, Cowboys 24
Week 11: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree still hasn’t returned from injury. Payton draws up some special plays for versatile running back Darren Sproles to help out the offensive line and protect Brees from linebacker Aldon Smith and his colleagues. Sproles responds by showing uup big just when the Saints need him the most.
Saints 17, 49ers 16
Week 12: @ Atlanta Falcons
Brees takes a visit to Atlanta with a lot of momentum — nine wins and the division lead — setting up to be another rivalry classic in what could be the closest NFC South title race in years. This one comes down to another Matt Ryan fourth-quarter comeback drive.
Final score: Saints 27, Falcons 31
Week 13: @ Seattle Seahawks
New Orleans goes into Seattle looking to put some breathing room between them and the rest of the division. They fail to find it in this titanic battle between two great teams. Brees connects with Colston against cornerback back Richard Sherman? It’s easy to see where this is going.
Final score: Saints 21, Seahawks 27
Week 14: vs. Carolina Panthers
The Saints return come back home looking to regain momentum. Brees lights it up against the secondary and Ryan’s defense makes sure there is no chance for quarterback Cam Newton to make a comeback.
Final score: Saints 34, Panthers 27
Week 15: @ St. Louis Rams
It’s the final leg of the season, and nothing is locked up yet. Brees makes short work of the Rams.
Final score: Saints 35, Rams 17
Week 16: @ Carolina Panthers
In a shootout, Brees bring his team down the field to tie the game in the final seconds. Panthers win the toss. Newton takes a big step and leads his team down the field to set up a game winning field goal.
Results: Saints 28, Panthers 31 (OT)
Week 17: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Notching an 11th win here secures a playoff spot. New Orleans leaves everything on the field to take it.
Results: Saints 34, Bucs 24
Season record: 11-5
The New Orleans Saints return to their winning ways with head coach Sean Payton back and calling the shots. After rough start to the season, Rob Ryan returns the defense back to respectability. Overall, New Orleans has a a very successful campaign that ends in a playoff berth.
I said from the beginning that we will take the Division back. IMO, ATL. isn't strong enough to hold on to it for consecutive seasons..
Revis and a rookie starting for the Bucs...well we know whos side we be targeted none stop....and it's not just because Revis is on the other...
Hey now I'm just not motivated.
Why you changed your name Doc ? If you didn't remove my comment from earlier, than who did ? It's an honest question. And why are you not motivated ?
@Preparation Fucko The Clown you know what's strange...bruce lee died on the set of a movie he was making, his son died during a movie he was in...and lp man died 2 months before bruce lee...weird.
Well, Doc... it's official: The wife, the kids and I are headed for Lambeau
@LonsandPistons oh god..say it ain't so!!
@LonsandPistons he sucks anyways, that's why I wanted him to stay on the bucs.
@LonsandPistons Well, as long as they've got Connor Barwin kicking, they should be ok.
@LonsandPistons to him being pretty good
If you like kung-fu movies, watch True Romance, Quentin Tarantino's first feature flick and still, I think, his best.
@Nonstopdrivel haven't seen it..will check it out though.
@Nonstopdrivel Doesn't sound like a kung fu movie.
@matt_vfalcon32 He wrote it in his typical non-linear style with a tragic ending, but Tony Scott refused to make it in that fashion. He rewrote it in a linear manner and gave it a happy ending. Tarantino was pissed, but after he saw the finished product, he realized Scott was right all along.
@NightStalkerThief Just watch the movie anyway. If you don't fall in love with Alabama Worley, you have no manner of heart at all.
@NightStalkerThief Trust me, it's all about kung-fu.
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