Predicting the outcome of the 2015 New Orleans Saints games

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Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs as Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Jasper Brinkley (52) pursues during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Week 1 @ Cardinals The Saints open the season on Sunday afternoon at the home of the Super Bowl 49 vs the Cardinals. While the Cardinals claim one of the league’s more dominant home-field advantages, I expect Carson Palmer to be a little rusty and the Cardinals front seven as vulnerable against the run  as ever. Saints win by 3

Week 2 vs Buccaneers The following week, the Saints return to the Big Easy for the first home game of the season. While I see promising changes on the offensive side of the Bucs’ offense, I believe Winston will be affected by the crowd noise and to hilariously turn the ball over in the first half behind the inexperienced O-line. Saints win by 10

Week 3 @ Panthers In my opinion, the Panthers had one of the worst drafts in all of the NFL, bolstering their strengths and neglecting their weaknesses. They needed an explosive target at the wideout position and a franchise left tackle. They came away with a Thomas Davis’ future replacement in Shaq Thomspon; a big, slow target in Devin Funchess and Daryl Williams, a right tackle who struggles in pass protection. Assuming that the Saints easily win their matchups against “Blind Side” protector Michael Oher, I expect a game similar to 2014’s TNF extravaganza in Charlotte. Saints win by 10

Week 4 vs Cowboys The first Saints loss of a promising season comes on Sunday night at home. I doubt the Saints defense will be stout enough to stop the Cowboys’ running offense, opening up play action for Tony Romo and his receiving corps (Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley). The Cowboys defense will stall compared to last season but defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli knows how to create turnovers.  Saints lose by 4

Week 5 @ Eagles  The Saints regain their momentum against another NFC East team on the road, in front of America’s most hostile sports fans. The Eagles boast a fierce pass rush but their secondary is overrated and Mark Sanchez might start at this point in the season. This game will be a nail biter with the Saints coming out on top. Saints win by 4

Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton (right) and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (center) celebrate with players following a fourth down interception by strong safety Roman Harper (not pictured) that secured a win over the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Week 6 vs Falcons  This time, the Saints could slow Julio Jones down by letting Browner harass him at the line and Jairus Byrd bracketing over the top.  Mark my words, Julio Jones will put the ball on the turf. When you shut the Alabama alumni down, there is no explosive playmaker left on the Falcons offense.  As of now, the Falcons defense is not scary either, as Vic Beasley and Jalen Collins will take time to adjust their games.  Saints win by 7

Week 7 @ Colts  The Colts improved their offense by finally adding a capable running back in Frank Gore. However, their defense will flop once again. The Saints should use the Patriots approach and run right at them. The Colts pass rush can be neglected and the Saints should exploit the weak safety tandem. Call me an optimist, but Saints win by 4

Week 8 vs Giants  The Saints match up favorably with the Giants as well. I truly believe that Keenan Lewis could take OBJ out of the game, forcing the mediocre rest of the offense to score. The Giants slightly improved their defense but it won’t be enough to stop the Black and Gold offense. Saints win by 10

Week 9 vs Titans  The Saints finish this two-game home stand against a vastly improved Titans team. While the Titans are righting their ship, I doubt Marcus Mariota will make a  big difference in the league as a rookie. Learning next to the immature Mettenberger won’t help either, neither will a sidelined Brian Orakpo. Saints win by 11

Week 10 @ Redskins  Don’t even get me started on the Redskins; ridiculous QB situation, front office lacks a vision for this team and so on. Saints win by 10

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