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    New Orleans Saints Franchise Information

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    Established:1966
    Stadium:Mercedes-Benz Superdome
    Colours:Old Gold, black & white
    Hall of Famers:Jim Taylor, Doug Atkins, Earl Campbell, Rickey Jackson, Willie Roaf, Ken Stabler & Morten Andersen 
    Hall of Fame Coaches:Tom Fears, Mike Ditka, Jim Finks, Hank Stram & Dick Stanfel
    Rivals:Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears & Dallas Cowboys 
    Legends:Drew Brees, Rickey Jackson, Jahri Evans, Willie Roaf, Marques Colston, Eric Martin, Wayne Martin, Pat Swilling, Sam Mills & Stan Brocks
    Retired Numbers:31 & 81
    Conference: NFC
    Super Bowl Championships:1: 2009
    Conference Championships:1: 2009
    2020 Record:12-4
    1st 2021 Draft Pick:#28 – Payton Turner
    2021 Power Ranking:4

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    New Orleans Saints History

    After more than five years of striving to bring an NFL team to New Orleans, local entrepreneur Dave Dixon’s prayers were answered in November of 1966 when NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announced that New Orleans had been awarded an NFL franchise. 

    The team was named the Saints in honor of the song ‘When the Saints go marching’, a tune synonymous with the city of New Orleans. The 1967 season was the Saints debut season in the NFL.

    Despite a 94 yard opening kickoff return for the first play in franchise history, the Saints lost their first game 27-13 to the Rams in front of 80,000 fans. New Orleans finished their first season in the NFL with a record of 3-11 which at the time set an NFL record for most wins by an expansion team.

    The Saints would have to wait 20 years and transition through 9 different head coaches to record their first winning season in 1987. Second year head coach Jim E. Mora led the ‘87 Saints to a 12-3 record and the franchise’s first playoff berth, earning himself 1987 NFL Coach of the Year honours.

    It was a rough introduction to playoff football for New Orleans who suffered a 44-10 defeat to the Vikings in their debut playoff game. Despite superior win / loss records in the previous two seasons, the Saints returned to the playoffs in 1990 following an 8-8 season. Although the deficit was not as large, the result remained the same, as New Orleans were once again knocked out in the NFC Wild Card game, after a 16-6 loss to the Bears. 

    The 1991 season would bring about the franchise’s first NFC West Division title after an 11-5 record. The Saints had the number one ranked team defence, with linebacker Pat Swilling named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year after recording 17 sacks.

    The Saints got as close as they’d ever been to a playoff victory as New Orleans suffered their third winless playoff exit after a 27-20 defeat to the Falcons. In 1992 Mora once again led the Saints to a 12 win season however, once again New Orleans failed to secure their first playoff victory after another NFC Wild Card defeat at the hand of the Eagles. 

    Mora was fired midway through the 1996 season after starting the year with a 2-6 record. During Mora’s time with the Saints, New Orleans made the playoffs four times, but they were never able to win a playoff game.

    New Orleans returned to the playoff following the 2000 season. In Jim Haslett’s first season in charge, he led the Saints to their second NFC West division title with a 10-6 record, becoming the second coach in franchise history to take out NFL Coach of the Year honours. 

    In their return to the playoffs, the Saints finally captured that elusive playoff victory defeating the Rams 31-28. Despite the 34-16 loss to the Vikings the following week, the 2000 season was recognised as an overwhelming success having claimed the franchise’s first playoff victory in it’s then 33 year history.

    Haslett failed to lead New Orleans to the playoffs in the following five seasons as head coach and was subsequently fired following the 2005 season. In 2005, the Saints did not play any regular season games in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina, finishing with a 3–13 record.

    After signing Sean Payton to become the 14th coach in franchise history, the Saints signed free agent quarterback Drew Brees from the San Diego Chargers to a six year $60 million deal. 

    The Payton and Brees era got off to a great start in New Orleans, as Brees finished second in the MVP voting after throwing a league-leading and franchise record 4,418 passing yards, finished third in the league with 26 touchdown passes, with a passer rating of 96.2 as Payton was named the NFL Coach of the Year.

    The Saints finished the 2006 season with a 10-6 record claiming their third division title earning a week one playoff bye. New Orleans defeated the Eagles 27-24 to secure their second playoff victory in franchise history. 

    As the Saints only previous playoff win was in the wild card round, this was the farthest New Orleans had ever advanced into the postseason, progressing to their first ever NFC championship game. 

    Despite throwing for 354 yards and two touchdown passes, Brees committed three costly turnovers in the 39-14 loss to the Bears. New Orleans missed the playoffs in 2007 and despite a magnificent 2008 from Brees, the Saints would miss the playoffs for a second straight season. 

    Brees finished the 2008 season with 34 touchdown passes and 5,069 yards becoming the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season, and was named the 2008 AP Offensive Player of the Year. The Saints started the 2009 season with 13 consecutive wins, setting a new record for the longest undefeated season opening streak by an NFC team since the AFL-NFL merger.

    Despite losing their final three games of the regular season, the Saints stormed into their second NFC championship game after defeating the Cardinals 45-14. A 40 yard overtime field goal in the NFC championship game was enough to send the Saints to their first Super Bowl, as New Orleans defeated Brett Farve and the Vikings 31-28 in OT.

    In their first Super Bowl appearance, the Saints defeated the Colts 31-17, becoming the first team to win a Super Bowl after losing its last three regular season games. Brees was named the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV, throwing 288 yards and two touchdowns. 

    Brees took out his second AP Offensive Player of the Year award following the 2011 season that saw him claim multiple NFL records, finishing the year with 468 completions for 5,476 yards, averaging 342.25 yards per game and throwing 46 touchdown passes.

    After adding running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas at the draft, the Saints have rejouvented their offense, winning the last three NFC South division titles.

    Thomas was named the 2019 NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year after finishing the season with an NFL record 149 catches for 1725 yards and 9 touchdowns. In the 10 seasons that followed their Super Bowl victory, the Saints have claimed four division titles, embarking on six playoff campaigns, however have failed to advance out of the NFC. 

    On the quest for their fourth consecutive NFC South division title, the New Orleans Saints got their 2020 season off to the perfect start defeating the new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season opener. Although they lost their next two games, the Saints then went on a nine game winning streak between Week 4 and Week 13, improving from 1-2 to 10-2.

    New Orleans closed out the last month of the regular season with a pair of losses (@ Philadelphia, vs Kansas City), followed by a pair of wins (vs Minnesota, @ Carolina), to finish with a 12-4 record. In their Week 16 victory over the Vikings, Alvin Kamara rushed for six touchdowns, tying a 91-year-old NFL record set by Hall-of-Fame-fullback Ernie Nevers.

    The Saints won the NFC South for the fourth consecutive year after becoming the first team in the NFC South history to sweep the division.

    New Orleans defeated the Bears 21-9 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. However, in their third meeting of the season, the Saints suffered their first loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which eliminated them from the playoffs.

    Expert 2021 / 2022 Picks & Preview on New Orleans Saints

    With Drew Brees retiring, the New Orleans Saints look at life beyond in perhaps their most eventful offseason in history. After yet another humiliating playoff loss, the Saints have also lost their franchise quarterback as well as losing several free agents. Do the Saints still have what it takes to win the NFC South for the fifth year in a row or will they fall into obscurity without Brees?

    Front Office

    The Saints have consistently had one of the best and most complete rosters in the NFL in recent history. However, this offseason has led to a lot of change and movement by the front office. Although the Saints lost Drew Brees, they have retained their long-time head coach Sean Payton.

    Payton has been the Saints head coach for 15 years and led them to a Super Bowl in 2010. Payton is an offensive guru and has ensured the Saints have been in the upper tier of offensive units due to his creative and adaptable scheme.

    Despite having an aging Drew Brees on the roster last year, Payton was still able to lead the Saints to the 12th best offense in the league. Payton should remain effective and looks to make the most out of this roster for his first year without Brees under centre.

    This offseason the Saints have been busy as they have dealt with serious salary cap issues which are a result of fielding one of the NFL’s best rosters for the last few years. The Saints were forced to let go of Emmanuel Sanders, Jared Cook, Janoris Jenkins, Sheldon Rankins and Thomas Morstead who were all quality starters for the Saints.

    They did manage to re-sign starter quarterback Jameis Winston and Ty Montgomey. In free agency the Saints did little to improve their roster which now appears to have a few holes with the offseason departures and an injury to star receiver Michael Thomas. This roster certainly is the worst team the Saints have fielded in half a decade, with new starters at 10 different positions and for the first time in a while they may not be a playoff team.

    Offense

    After a quarterback competition between Tayson Hill and Jameis Winston resulted in Winston being named the Week 1 starter, the Saints offense seems very interesting. Although Payton has proved that he is one of the best offensive minds in the game, will the limitations of Jameis Winston cause this offensive unit to slide into mediocrity?

    Jameis Winston famously broke the NFL record for interceptions thrown in a season in 2019 but has evidently improved under the mentorship of Drew Brees. Saints fans will hope that they see a new and improved Jameis Winston step onto the field in 2021. Outside of the questions at quarterback are questions around the receiving group which tracks to be one of the worst in the league without Michael Thomas for the first few games.

    Thomas has shown to be one of the best receivers on short and intermediate routes which should make life easier for Winston, however, beyond him the depth chart looks worrying. Both the tight end and receiving positions are filled with unknowns who are unproven.

    The shining light for the Saints is the run game. The Saints had the 6th best running game behind a top 5 offensive line. This line mostly returns and is led by Pro Bowl level tackles Terron Armstread and Ryan Ramczyk. This line does have questions on the interior with younger players trying to improve but they still remain on the top tier of offensive lines.

    This top tier line is paired with a top tier running back room which features the dynamic Alvin Kamara. Although the Saints just released backup Latavius Murray, Kamara is a dynamic threat capable of dominating in the run and pass game.

    The running game should make life easier for Jameis but if he can’t deliver and turns the ball over a ton, then Saints fans should be extremely worried. If he plays to his full capacity, the Saints could very much win their fifth NFC South title in a row.

    Defense

    The Saints defense was a top 5 unit last year behind star corner Marshon Lattimore, All Pro Cameron Jordan and All Pro Demario Davis. This unit was 4th in the league in yards allowed per game and was fifth in points allowed. They also led the league in rushing touchdowns allowed, only allowing 11 rushing touchdowns all year.

    The pass defense was also great with a league leading 18 interceptions last season. Although the Saints have lost key pieces in Sheldon Rankins, Malcolm Brown and Janoris Jenkins on defense, they have retained a lot of the key talent that should ensure they remain a top tier defense.

    The Saints’ biggest strength is the edge position which is led by Cameron Jordan. There is no doubt this unit will excel. They also have a strong linebacker group with Kwon Alexander re-signing to complement All Pro Demario Davis. This duo will be supported by Kaden Elliss, second year Zack Braun and rookie Pete Warner.

    The safety group is also strong with Marcus Williams, Malcolm Jenkins and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, who complement the cornerback group led by Marshon Lattimore. Beyond Lattimore, the Saints will be asking rookie Paulson Adebo and Ken Crawley to pick up the slack of Janoris Jenkins.

    Although there are some holes in this group, the core remains the same and tracks to repeat the same pace as last season or be slightly worse. Nevertheless this unit will be solid and is a championship calibre defense. The question is if they are good enough to overcome a bad offense if that turns out to be the case?

    New Orleans Saints Betting & Odds History

    The New Orleans Saints finished the 2020 season with the best record in the NFC South, 12-4. 

    Although they swept their division, New Orleans were equal with both Tampa Bay and Carolina in terms of their record against the spread last season, with all three teams having a 9-7 ATS record. 

    When looking at total points, the Saints ended up with a 10-6 over-under record. Given that New Orleans were without Drew Brees (collapsed lung and broken ribs) for four games last season, it is somewhat surprising that the Saints were one of just six teams to go Over their total points line in 10+ games last season.

    With so much speculation surrounding whether Drew Brees will play on in 2021, the Saints currently have odds of +1800 to win Super Bowl LVI.

    New Orleans Saints FAQ

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    Where do the New Orleans Saints play?

    The New Orleans Saints play their home games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

    Who owns the New Orleans Saints?

    Gayle Benson owns the New Orleans Saints

    Has the New Orleans Saints won an NFL Super Bowl?

    The New Orleans Saints have won one Super Bowl. 

    Who is the New Orleans Saints coach?

    Sean Payton has been the head coach of the New Orleans Saints since 2006. Payton missed the 2012 through suspension, rejoining the team the following year.

    Do the New Orleans Saints play tonight?

    Are you wondering if the New Orleans Saints are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming New Orleans Saints games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the New Orleans Saints record?

    The New Orleans Saints finished the 2020 season with a 12-4 record.

    Did the New Orleans Saints win last night?

    Fans of the New Orleans Saints are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much is the New Orleans Saints worth?

    According to Forbes magazine, the New Orleans Saints are worth $2.28 billion.

    Who do the New Orleans Saints play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the NFL, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the New Orleans Saints play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the New Orleans Saints?

    You can watch the New Orleans Saints on CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone and Direct TV NFL Sunday Ticket. On demand you can watch the games on CBS All Access, FOX Sports app, NBC Sports app, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, NFL Mobile app, NFL Sunday Ticket, DIRECT TV NFL Sunday Ticket, NFL Game Pass, Yahoo Sports App, NFL Mobile app and Saints app. 

    Will the New Orleans Saints make the playoffs this year?

    The New Orleans Saints did make the playoffs last year after finishing with a 12-4 record, first in the NFC South and second in the NFC.

    When do the New Orleans Saints play?

    New Orleans Saints fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here as SportsTips we list all the information you need like the kick off time, location of the game and the all important NFL odds.

    When is the next New Orleans Saints game? 

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    Where did the New Orleans Saints finish the season?

    The New Orleans Saints finished first in the NFC South and second in the NFC.

    How many games did the New Orleans Saints win?

    The New Orleans Saints won 12 games in the 2020 NFL season.