Week five could be an interesting one for the Saints. The Saints travel to Los Angeles to square up with Drew Brees’ former team, the Chargers, but it’s hard to tell if the Tyrod Taylor experiment will be over by that point.
First-round pick Justin Herbert will surely have an impact on the result of the game, but I think the Saints win either way. If Herbert doesn’t play I think the Saints win by more than 14, if he does play, I give the Saints a 30-28 victory heading into the bye week.
Week seven sees the Saints at home against the team’s former signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers. Fresh off a bye week, the Saints should be able to nurse any injuries sustained through the first five games and gear up for the long haul. I have the Saints winning at home 15-10.
Week eight features another quarterback toss-up between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles out in Chicago. Chicago already has one of the NFL’s best defenses led by Khalil Mack, but that wasn’t enough to beat the Saints in 2019.
The Saints typically have success against the Bears so I’ll give them the nod with an 21-14 victory.
Week nine features the second matchup between Brees and Brady, but this time it’s in Tampa Bay. In what could be a damp November Sunday Night Football game, I think the Bucs will be far more prepared to see the Saints this time around.
It’ll come down to the wire, but I think the Bucs will squeeze one out 27-24.