New Orleans Saints 2014 Season Preview and Predictions

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It seemed so long ago that the 2013 New Orleans Saints season ended at the hands of the eventual Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. The black and gold made a vast improvement from the 2012 season, which was riddled with ‘Bounty Gate’, and saw the team sport its first losing season since 2008.

The New Orleans Saints enter their 48th season this year. For many, this feels like as good of a year as ever for the Saints to really do something special. The team has all the right tools and right pieces to rival the likes of the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, who were the NFC’s best last year.

We preview the 2014 season today, and give you some predictions (some bold, not so bold, and then completely insane). Let’s first start with a brief recap of last year.

2013 Record: 11-5 (NFC Wild Card); 2nd in NFC South
Splits: Home (8-0), Road (3-5), Conference (9-3)
Ranks: Offense (4th), Defense (4th)

How their season ended: After exercising ‘road demons’ in Philadelphia in the Wild Card round, the Saints would travel to set up a ‘date with destiny’ with the Seattle Seahawks. The team struggled early, but would battle back to make things interesting in the last two minutes. The Saints would recover an onside kick, but would be done in by an illegal forward pass by wide receiver Marques Colston, losing 23-15.

Continue on for the Offseason snapshot!