Now that the 2021 NFL Draft is complete and the full NFL schedule has been released, oddsmakers have formulated where they think teams will finish based on roster expectations and how the schedule falls. The New Orleans Saints are predicted to fall at 9.5 wins on the betting line. Previously, they were predicted at 10.5 wins the year before, so the expectation is not for the Saints to fall completely out of relevancy.
Despite the fact an All-Time great like Drew Brees is retiring the Saints should still boast a talent laden roster, a top tier head coach, and a favorable schedule to open the season. They will only face one team out of their first five opponents who had a winning record last season. That team, the Green Bay Packers, are in disarray after the report that their star quarterback Aaron Rodgers no longer wants to play there. Whether he remains there is still up in question, but what is certain is that the locker room in Green Bay is sure to be fragile either way.
Jordan Love vs. Jameis Winston won’t quite hit like Rodgers vs. Brees on Week 1— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) May 12, 2021
Couple that with the fact that the Saints have five primetime games this season and you can see how the national media and NFL still expects the Saints to be contenders. The same report has the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the highest win total in the NFC at 11.5 followed by the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers at 10.5 wins respectively. The Saints fall in the next tier with the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks so the expectation is for the Saints to be a playoff team.
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