What Should We Expect From the New Orleans Saints This Season?

This guest post was made by the SeatCrunch team.

This offseason has not been a good one for the New Orleans Saints. Many believe that with Jonathon Vilma and Sean Payton gone for 2012 , the Saints will fall from being one of the league’s elites to one of its patsy teams.

But let’s be realistic. Although some key components of the team will be missing this year, the Saints are recent Super Bowl Champs, they have one of the most potent offenses in the league and they should still be considered the best team in their division.

Drew Brees is one of, if not the very best quarterback in the NFL right now. Last season he threw for 5,476 yards, and had a 46/14 TD/INT ratio, leaving him with a 110.6 QB rating.

Who is he throwing to? Guys like Marques Colston and Devery Henderson will line up at wide receiver, while the shifty Darren Sproles will line up in the backfield or in the slot.

Sproles had 710 yards receiving and 603 yards rushing last year for 9 total touchdowns, and was especially effective against the other teams in the NFC South.

Tight end Jimmy Graham had 99 Receptions for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns, making him the second most productive tight end in the league last year behind Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots.

In 2011, the Saints ranked 30th in passing yards allowed, but this statistic is likely skewed by the number of games where other teams took to the air while trying to keep up with New Orleans’ high-powered offense.

The loss of Jonathon Vilma will hurt, but there are several viable backups that will be able to replace him, especially when you factor in the knee problems he encountered last season.

The Saints’ defense is not exactly elite, but they can stop the run when it counts and will always present a challenge for opposing offenses.

Though the Buccaneers and Panthers show some promise – especially Carolina’s Cam Newton – neither team will present a legitimate threat to the Saints.

The Falcons on the other hand have a real chance of winning the NFC South this year if they can figure out a way to stifle Drew Brees and Darren Sproles, but my guess is that they won’t.

Sure, they have experienced some setbacks, but with a player/leader like Drew Brees at Quarterback, a slew of offensive weapons, and a fan base that is absolutely wild for their team, the Saints are still the team to beat in the NFC South.

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  • larryjames836

    New Orleans Saints are still in the Super Bowl run because they has something to play for Super Bowl are playing in New Orleans this is the number one reason to win. Another is they name has been dragged through the mud, and to show the NFL that they can win without they head coach on broad. Saints fanbase our team knows what need to be done but they going to need our support 100% don’t give up on your team. Drew Brees knows what’re best for him so while he is working thing out we still do our part supporting Chase Daniel we know he not Brees. But he are working hard trying to like Drew Brees and I’m sure Brees teaching him something also Brees want the team to win as long as Drew Brees on the side line with the team we will be alright believe that Drew Brees is 100% with the Saints and he will be the mentor for Chase Daniel.

  • LI Saint

    Thanks for the great article by an unbiased outside observer. The Saints will be alright this season and should win the NFC south and at worse make the playoffs as a wild card. The “us against the world” mentality should bode well, especially at home in the ‘Dome. No matter how the season goes it should be interesting to say the least and the fans along the entire Gulf Coast region are galvanized and ready. GEAUX SAINTS!!!

  • TheDuke504

    Super Bowl or Bust!  Who Dat!?!  NOBODY, especially not Roger F’n Goodell!