Saints fans, it's always been a pleasure to be around you guys and in my role at Mid-Utah Radio, I am writing NFl prediction articles on an alphabetical basis. You guys are the champs and that is that so feel free to give me feedback if you'd like. I know I'm accepted in these parts. I told Vikings fans I hate Brett Favre on their blog and I'm not blocked yet, so enjoy!
The New Orleans Saints, although traditionally losers, have obviously turned things around and shown the world what great football is all about.
Naturally, the sustained success starts at the top with classy gentleman signal-caller, Drew Brees (363 of 514, good for nearly a 71 percent completion rate, 4,388 yards, 34 TD’s, 11 INT’s) although he has plenty of help.
With a solid tailback in Pierre Thomas and swift receivers Marques Colston (70 rec, 1,074 yards, 8 TD’s), Devery Henderson and one of my favorite NFLers, Robert Meachem, along with solid tight end, Jeremy Shockey, Brees has plenty of targets to involve in New Orleans’ high-octane offense.
While the Saints’ defense only ranked 25th in NFL annals last season, their proclivity to force turnovers at the worst possible time for opponents enabled them to make numerous game-changing plays.
Darren Sharper, fresh off a nine interception season is playing as well as I’ve ever seen him perform entering his 14th season. Additionally, Jonathan Vilma, Sedrick Ellis, Tracy Porter are all magnificent defenders which helped the Saints post an impressive +11 turnover ratio.
When you add Sean Payton’s peerless coaching acumen to the equation, the Saints look as good as ever.
I will admit that the Atlanta Falcons could be on the verge of a successful season but the road to the Super Bowl runs through the Louisiana Superdome until proven otherwise.
Thus, I see the Saints winning 11-12 games while Brees continues to bolster his credentials for admission into Canton.