Saints: Vegas isn’t sure what to think as team enters post-Drew Brees era
No one is sure what to think of the New Orleans Saints as they enter their first season without Drew Brees since 2005, and that includes Vegas. After having the same quarterback for 15 years, who could blame Vegas for being a little confused about the Saints?
WynnBET has released their win totals for the 2021 season and has the Saints at 8.5 wins, which would give them a losing record (remember – There are 17 games being played now) for the first time since 2016. This isn’t a shocking prediction, as the Saints are transitioning to a new quarterback and we’re not entirely sure of who the quarterback will be yet.
While these win totals might seem disrespectful, not everyone is sleeping on the Saints. The NFL schedule-makers gave them five primetime games this year and three of those are set to take place in New Orleans. Would they have given the Saints those games if they didn’t believe they’d be at least somewhat competitive this season? Probably not.
WynnBET’s win total for the New Orleans Saints in 2021 is 8.5 wins.
The Saints have a favorable schedule this year, which should help them get to at least eight wins, if not more. They have the dumpster fire that is the NFC East on their schedule, which certainly helps, while also having to face the Super Bowl-champion Buccaneers twice a year.
Speaking of the Buccaneers, let’s look at WynnBET’s win totals for the NFC South squads:
- Atlanta Falcons – Over 7.5 (-110) | Under 7.5 (-110)
- Carolina Panthers – Over 7.5 (+110) | Under 7.5 (-130)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Over 11.5 (-125) | Under 11.5 (+104)
Per these totals, the Buccaneers are the NFC South favorites while the Saints would be the second-best team in the division, though it looks to be a tight race between them, the Falcons, and the Panthers. The Falcons and Panthers are tough teams to peg because while the Falcons have a new coach, Matt Ryan is still there and the Panthers traded for Sam Darnold this offseason.
The Bucs have the highest win total in the NFC but it’s worth noting that the Packers were left off the list due to the drama surrounding Aaron Rodgers. The Kansas City Chiefs have the highest win total of any team in the league and that shouldn’t surprise anyone, given their success the past few years.
Vegas, like the rest of NFL fans, wasn’t sure what to think of the Saints and it showed with this win total prediction. They have them as a middle-of-the-road team and if the Saints were to only win eight games, they’d likely miss the playoffs. That’d be disappointing but with a new quarterback being ushered in, fans know they can’t expect the same things that they did from Brees.
Do you think the Saints get more than eight wins in 2021?