New Orleans Saints 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – The New Orleans Saints are clearly coming off of the greatest year the franchise has ever had. Not only did the team win 13 games. Not only did it host a playoff game. Not only did it host the NFC Championship Game in the Bayou. Not only did it make it to its first ever Super Bowl, but New Orleans pulled the upset of the Indianapolis Colts as seven-point underdogs to become the victor of Super Bowl XLIV as well.

Key Addition – DB Patrick Robinson – When you’re the defending champs, you probably don’t need a whole heck of a lot to be added to your team. However, when you have a defense which ranked 25th in the league at 357.8 yards per game allowed, you clearly need some help on your defense. Robinson brings a lot of speed, as do most defensive players out of Florida State, but he is considered a bit of a raw talent that needs to be fine tuned.

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Key Loss – OT Jamaal Brown – Trading OT Jamaal Brown didn’t make a whole heck of a lot of sense from New Orleans’ standpoint. Why would you want to remove any of the pieces from a puzzle that had the most yards (403.8 per game) and the most points per game (31.9)? There really aren’t any tremendous viable options to step into Brown’s place, though he didn’t start in the Super Bowl last year.

2010 Will Be a Success if… - The offense keeps up with last year’s torrid pace. QB Drew Brees is rounding into one of the game’s best signal callers, and if he can approach the 4,500 yard mark once again, the Saints are clearly going to be marching on to the playoffs. Somehow, with all of the talented players on this squad, there doesn’t seem to be any complaining about getting the ball. Brees hit seven receivers at least 35 times last season, while RBs Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell, and Reggie Bush all had enough carries to keep them happy as a group.

The Crucial Game – There isn’t a game on the schedule the Saints have to be looking forward to more than the Thanksgiving Day duel at Dallas. The Cowboys wrecked New Orleans’ perfect season last year, and there would be no better time to exact some revenge than on Thanksgiving. Plus, this game could legitimately be for the #1 seed in the NFC, as both the Cowboys and Saints are expected to win their divisions.

Predictions – Anything less than at least 11 wins and an NFC South crown would be brutally disappointing for the Saints this season. This schedule is littered with potential landmines, but for the most part, playing an NFC South slate is going to be easy enough to survive without any issues whatsoever. The Saints odds to win the Super Bowl areĀ  a healthy +1100.

2010 New Orleans Saints Regular Season Schedule

9/9 vs. MIN
9/20 @ SF
9/26 vs. ATL
10/3 vs. CAR
10/10 @ ARI
10/17 @ TB
10/24 vs. CLE
10/31 vs. PIT
11/7 @ CAR
Bye
11/21 vs. SEA
11/25 @ DAL
12/5 @ CIN
12/12 vs. STL
12/19 @ BAL
12/27 @ ATL
1/2 vs. TB

 

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