Out of 54 picks made by a panel of seven Sports Illustrated NFL beat writers, the majority Super Bowl LIV favorite is the New Orleans Saints.
After finishing the season with a second straight thirteen-win year, the New Orleans Saints sights are set on the grand prize of the NFL — the Lombardi trophy. Exactly ten years ago, the 2009 Saints won the franchise’s first-ever trophy after going 13-3 too.
The New Orleans Saints won their only Super Bowl appearance in team history against the Indianapolis Colts in Miami in 2010. The stage is set for the Saints to repeat the glory that happened in New Orleans ten years ago.
Out of a panel of seven Sports Illustrated NFL beat writers, two of them predicted that the Saints would win Super Bowl LIV. Out of the other five writers, two more of them had the Saints in the Super Bowl but falling.
The full list of Sports Illustrated Super Bowl predictions is below.
Albert Breer – No. 3 New Orleans Saints beat No. 1 Baltimore Ravens
Jenny Vrentas – No. 1 Baltimore Ravens beat No. 3 New Orleans Saints
Conor Orr – No. 5 Seattle Seahawks beat No. 3 New England Patriots
Kalyn Kahler – No. 1 Baltimore Ravens beat No. 2 Green Bay Packers
Andrew Brandt – No. 2 Green Bay Packers beat No. 1 Baltimore Ravens
Mitch Goldich – No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs beat No. 3 New Orleans Saints
Bette Marston – No. 3 New Orleans Saints beat No. 3 New England Patriots
The New Orleans Saints road to the Super Bowl starts with the Minnesota Vikings in the first round wild card matchup. Should they prevail against the Vikings, they would be headed to Green Bay to play the No. 2 seeded Packers in Wisconsin.
A win over Green Bay would mean an NFC Championship appearance for the Saints — their fourth in team history. The opponent would likely be one of San Francisco or Seattle. The Saints have already beaten Seattle this year and a rematch with San Francisco would be worth its weight.
Obviously, a win in the NFC Championship would then give the New Orleans Saints their second Super Bowl appearance in team history. The stage is set and the Saints are center stage and in control of their own destiny.