Predictions and analysis behind wild potential 7-0 start for Saints
Analysis and prediction
The NFC South playoff race predicts a runaway lead by the New Orleans Saints at the midpoint in the season, with their foot fiercely on the gas pedal to an eventual division title.
FanSided decidedly gives the Saints a MASSIVE division lead at the mid-season point. While the rest of the NFC South will have an extra game under their belts with late bye weeks, their predictions by Week 9 are pitiful in comparison.
The Saints are leading the NFC South by a mile and a half, followed by Atlanta and Tampa both at 4-4 with 1-1 division records, and an abysmal Carolina at 1-7. I’m one of their rivals and even I don’t think Carolina is THAT bad.
FanSided predicts the first Saints stumble two weeks after my anticipated L in Carolina. Week 9 takes us back to Tampa – if their earlier prediction reigns true, they’re likely right in that Brady won’t let Brees get him twice and sweep the regular-season contests.
Their 31-27 Tampa prediction is probably quite accurate, but I could see that score swinging to either team 50-50.
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They have us barely edging out San Fransisco at 41-38 in Week 10, which is the most likely outcome. Just like Brady will do everything in his power to not let Brees beat him twice, New Orleans is taking this contest this year – Emmanuel Sanders and all. This game, at Week 10, will inevitably have massive playoff implications that the Saints can’t afford to give away a second time in a row.
From there on out, personally, it’s way too early to be making late-season predictions or anything of the sort. FanSided has the Saints beating Kansas City by a point in their Week 15 matchup, which is probably true one way or another.
True Saints fans will see right through this Brady sudden rivalry smokescreen nonsense and will look to the 49ers and Chiefs matchups as the most important indicators of a Saints Super Bowl run – both of which FanSided gives to the Saints.
While I can’t entertain week-by-week matchups throughout the entire season, I can agree with FanSided’s predicted 13-3 record as the most plausible outcome.
The predictions for the rest of the division give away the NFC South to the Saints by a huge margin; Tampa Bay is predicted to finish 10-6, followed by Atlanta at 9-7, and poor, poor Carolina at 2-14.
Despite initially balking at a 7-0 undefeated run, I actually agree with the majority of FanSided’s predictions, give or take a few scores. Ultimately, I still see the Saints at 6-1 by Week 8, and that would still be an absolutely desirable midseason standing.
I guess we’ll see how this all plays out, whenever and however this season takes place. The NFC South 2020 division title should ultimately, rightfully, go to the Saints.