The NOLA Saints probably won’t be many people’s pick to win Super Bowl LVII, let alone to represent the NFC in the big game for the 2022 season. WynnBET agrees with that sentiment, giving the Saints +2500 odds to win the NFC Championship Game.
The +2500 odds are ninth-best in the NFC, trailing the Rams, Bucs, Packers, 49ers, Cowboys, Cardinals, Eagles, and Vikings. The Rams and Bucs are tied with the best odds in the NFC with +400 odds.
It’s obvious that the NFC isn’t as stacked as the AFC, as there are seven teams in the AFC with odds greater than +1000 to represent that conference in the Super Bowl. In the NFC, there are five.
NOLA Saints not a popular pick to rep NFC in Super Bowl LVII
As the title indicates, none of this is surprising.
The Saints are coming off a year in which they might have finished with a winning record but it was their defense who helped make that happen. They’ve lost Marcus Williams on that side of the ball and replaced him with Marcus Maye, who’s decent but not the same kind of talent. He also has a recent injury history.
Offensively, the Saints were a mess last year. While they re-signed Jameis Winston to be their quarterback, they lost Terron Armstead to free agency and still don’t have an impressive group of wide receivers. Sure, Michael Thomas might be back but is he going to be the same guy he once was after not playing all of last year?
Oh, and to top it all off, New Orleans lost their long-time head coach, as Sean Payton announced he was stepping away from the NFL. Dennis Allen is the new head coach in the Big Easy and he hasn’t been a head coach since 2014.
With all of those things considered, it’s no wonder that the Saints aren’t given great odds to win the NFC Championship Game.
We mentioned that the Bucs are tied with the best odds in the division, but what about the other two teams? The Panthers are +4000 favorites to win the conference while the Falcons, who recently traded Matt Ryan, were given +7500, tied for the worst odds in the NFC with the Lions.
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At the end of the day, no one is expecting the Saints to make much, if any, noise this year and it’s not surprising as to why. Hopefully, they prove everyone wrong!