NFL Schedule: Saints are the only team favorited to beat the 49ers

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After making the Super Bowl in 2019, the 49ers are projected to have a strong 2020. They are only projected to lose one game, the one versus the Saints.

The New Orleans Saints lost to the 49ers in 2019. They then went out and took San Fran’s best receiver in free agency. Now, they’re the only team favored to beat the team that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl just a few months ago.

San Francisco, behind quarterback Jimmy Garropolo and a formidable defense, should be another heavy title contender in 2020.

However, the Saints are also a much-improved team from even a season ago. They added depth on the offensive line with Cesar Ruiz, brought in a versatile linebacker, shored up their secondary in Zach Braun, and secured an elite offensive threat in Emmanuel Sanders.

This time, on their home field, the Saints will be the slim favorites.

“PointsBet has put betting lines up for each week of the NFL season, and the 49ers are favored in every game except for Week 10 at the Saints, where they are 1.5-point underdogs,” NBC Sports’ Parker Baruh wrote.

According to the post, Kansas City, the reigning Super Bowl champion, is favored when they come down to the Big Easy. They’re likely one, if not the only team, favored to down the Saints, who are looking like the best team in the NFC.

The Saints will ultimately be led by Drew Brees who had led the league in completion percentage for three straight seasons.

On top of that, after bringing in Sanders to tag team with Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Jared Cook, the Saints will finally line up with more than just a couple of elite threats. With a dangerous offense and an improved defense, there’s really no telling the ceiling for this roster.

The Saints went 13-3 last season. Building off that will be impressive enough and with this arguably being future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees’ last season, the moral in the Big Easy should be at an all-time high.

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New Orleans has won three-straight NFC South titles, and they’ll prepare to make that four this coming season. With Tom Brady now in the division, that’ll be easier said than done.