New Orleans Saints: Conference and division odds aren’t shocking

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The New Orleans Saints enter what looks to be an intriguing season. First and foremost, it’ll be the first year the team will be without Drew Brees as their quarterback in Week 1 since he joined the team in 2006. It’s a bizarre feeling for sure but things could be a heck of a lot worse when it comes to the quarterback position.

Not only do the Saints have two decent options to start in Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, but they have a talented roster. Their offensive line is one of the best in the league, Alvin Kamara is coming back better than ever, and the defense is still pretty darn good.

With all of this in mind, the Saints have been a tough team to peg so it makes perfect sense that they’re not the frontrunner in the NFC South, especially with the Buccaneers coming off a Super Bowl-winning season.

According to WynnBet, the Saints have the second-lowest odds to win the NFC South in 2021 with +300. They, of course, trail the Buccaneers, who have -220 odds to win the division. The Saints won the NFC South the past four years and Tampa Bay hasn’t won it since 2007 but it’s hard to count out the champs.

As for the conference title, the Saints are tied for the seventh-best odds to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. They’re tied with the Cowboys at +1300 odds and trailing Tampa Bay, Green Bay, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The Bucs lead the pack with +300 odds while the Packers and 49ers are tied for second with +550.

The New Orleans Saints aren’t underdogs but they’re not the favorites either.

Ben Heisler of FanSided summed it up best when discussing the Saints’ 2021 season, odds, and win totals:

"The Saints won’t be great, but to earn the final playoff spot in the NFC, they may not need to be."

BetSided had the Saints winning nine games, thanks to their relatively easy schedule and this could very well be enough to get New Orleans into the playoffs. If Sean Payton could get this team to the postseason without Drew Brees as an option to play quarterback, he’d deservedly be in the running for Coach of the Year (currently, he has +1750 odds to do just that).

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The Saints are a tough team to figure out but the odds aren’t disrespecting them in any way, shape, or form as of now and that should give fans optimism for the season that’s to come.