Predicting the outcome of the 2015 New Orleans Saints games
Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Saints fullback Austin Johnson (35) dives for a touchdown while being hit by Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Week 12 @ Texans After a well-deserved bye week, the Saints will face the Texas in Houston. JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney could present daunting tasks for the O-line and disrupt Brees. The Saints have been susceptible to teams like the Texans in the past and I fear they might drop this one. Saints lose by 3
Week 13 vs Panthers The Saints return to the Big Easy and sweep the series against a Panthers team whose defense might have come together at this point in the season, but still lack a dangerous offense. This game has redemption written all over it… Saints win by 10
Week 14 @ Buccaneers Even though the Saints struggled on the road, a win in Tampa Bay was always more than just possible. The Saints sweep this series as well in impressive fashion. I will go on record for this: As long as Lovie Smith coaches a team, they will always be pretenders. Saints win by 7
Week 15 vs Lions In my opinion, there was no loss more depressing last year than the one in Detroit at hand of the Lions, coming out of the bye week. The Saints played well on both sides of the ball for 55 minutes despite the referees’ ridiculous performance. Personally, there is nothing I would rather see than Browner jamming the hell out of Calvin Johnson at the line, given how disrespectful the wideout conducted himself last year during the Lions’ fourth quarter comeback. The Lions’ front seven won’t nearly be as dominant, allowing Brees to carve up that overrated secondary. Saints win by 10
Week 16 vs Jaguars The Jaguars are another team that do a great job rebuilding with young talent at offensive skill positions and mixing in – admittedly overpaid – veterans to lead the young crop. Bortles should be improved and his arsenal of weapons is quite impressive. His offensive line won’t hold up though, forcing him to make mistakes. The Jaguars defense still lacks playmakers, especially after Dante Fowler’s ACL tear, making this game the Saints win by the highest margin of the season. Saints win by 17
Week 17 @ Falcons The Saints go on the road for their last contest of the regular season, having locked in the division title. The team might therefore lack focus and on top of that, be distracted by fake crowd noise (“Oh no, Arthur Blank might be fined for another $20 and a 7th round pick in 2030”). Saints lose by 7
Oct 26, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) and defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) celebrate after sacking Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Review: The New Orleans Saints finish 13-3 and clinch home field advantage through the playoffs, leading to another photo like the one above in the NFC championship game. I am very optimistic regarding the Saints 2015 campaign, knowing that we will get to see leadership, a strong running game, an improved defense and a team with character, week in and week out. Even if the Saints were not as successful as I predict them to be, I expect this year’s team to have an identity and dignity, as opposed to last year.
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