New Orleans Saints 2014 Season Betting Tips

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New Orleans Saints 2014 Season Betting Tips

The New Orleans Saints (11-5 SU, 8-8 ATS, 6-10 O/U) are coming off a fine 11-5 season in 2013 and will look to really challenge the likes of conference powerhouses Seattle and San Francisco when they get their 2014 NFL regular season started in earnest in just over a month.

This look at the Saints and their season-long chances to do some real damage in the NFC will give you the insight you’ll need in order to maximize your gridiron gambling dollars when betting on or against Drew Brees and his band of merry Saints teammates.

With that said – and the 2014 NFL preseason period getting underway this coming week – let’s get started.

Betting On The New Orleans Saints To Win the 2014 Super Bowl

New Orleans Saints +1400

If you’re thinking about placing a wager on the Saints to cash in on their value-packed NFL Super Bowl 49 Futures odds, then I say go right ahead!

New Orleans is one of just a handful of teams that I believe could potentially challenge Seattle – and San Francisco – for conference supremacy in the competitive NFC this coming season.

The fact of the matter is that when you have arguably the game’s best quarterback on your side, like the saints do with Drew Brees, then you’re almost always going to have a chance to reach the postseason – and cause some damage.

Still, the Saints do have some areas they need to address if they’re going to take a step forward this coming season.

While New Orleans finished the 2013 season ranked a stellar second in passing (307.4 ypg), the Saints were a one-dimensional team on offense as they ranked a pitiful 25th against the run.

The exact same was true for the Saints on defense as they finished second in the league against the pass (194.1 ypg), but couldn’t stop the run to save their collective lives, finishing 19th in rush defense.

So, what did New Orleans do to address their issues?

Well they went out and got Brees another new toy in speedy rookie wideout Brandin Cooks with the 20th overall pick in the draft, though they did draft a cornerback with their second round pick while adding aging veteran defensive back Champ Bailey in free agency.

Head coach Sean Payton said the team will look to get Cooks involved in their offense in a big way this coming season.

"He’s explosive. He’s made some plays," Payton said. "There will be a handful of things we have to do to get him touches whether it is through the passing game, whether it is through handoffs or bubble screens. He has some versatility."

Brees reiterated his head coach’s sentiments, saying, "He (Cooks) absorbs it very quickly and goes out and applies it," Brees told the New Orleans Times-Picayune .

Still, it should be interesting to see how much the Saints can improve their rushing attack and run defense this coming season, particularly seeing as how both, Frisco and Seattle have powerful rushing attacks.

Nevertheless, the Saints are undoubtedly worth a wager here, particularly seeing as how they are offering a whopping +1400 return.

Betting On The New Orleans Saints To Win the NFC South

  • Carolina Panthers +100
  • New Orleans Saints +110
  • Atlanta Falcons +275
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +650

The Saints went 5-1 SU and 3-3 ATS in their six division games last season, losing only to Carolina17-13 on Dec. 22 in a nail-biter. Still, the Saints failed to win the NFC South as Carolina went 12-4 last season.

This season however, I like the Saints to not only challenge for the division crown, but to actually win it outright, albeit very narrowly.

New Orleans will have to deal with a Panthers team that looks very real after last season’s stellar campaign and no doubt, the Atlanta Falcons should be a lot better this season after their injury-riddled campaign of a year ago. Heck, even the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be a lot better this coming season thanks to the addition of defensive-minded veteran head coach Lovie Smith.

Still, I like the Saints to win the division this year mostly because they’ve got Brees and should be a bit better defensively, though that remains to be seen. The Saints scored more points than any team in the division last season but Carolina allowed the fewest points.

This should end up being a two-team race at some point, but there’s no doubt that both, Atlanta and Tampa Bay could throw a wrench into someone’s division-winning plans.

My Pick: New Orleans to win NFC South

Betting On The New Orleans Saints To Win In Week One

  • New Orleans at Atlanta -1.5
  • Over/Under 52

Analysis: The Saints beat the Falcons in both regular season meetings last season, winning 23-17 at home to cash in as a 3.5-point favorite and 17- 13 in Atlanta though they failed to cover the spread as a 7.5-point road favorite.

This time around however, I like the Falcons to get the huge season-opening win against the Saints, mostly because these NFC South division rivals generally split their two regular season games and I expect the Falcons to really come out with a great effort after dropping both of last season’s affairs.

Despite the fact they were horrible defensively last season, the Falcons can generally put points on the board with the best teams in the league. While the Saints have won four of their last five road games against the falcons, New Orleans is just 2-3 ATS over the stretch and I believe the Falcons are coming to get this win in the worst way. Besides, the Saints are just 3-7 SU and ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog of two points or less.

Also, these two rivals have played Over their O/U Totals in three straight contests and six of the last eight meetings overall with seven of those meetings featuring Total Odds of at least 50 points.

My Pick: Atlanta Falcons -1.5 Points

New Orleans Saints Betting Tips

  • The Saints are a great team to back as a big favorite, with drew Brees and company going 8-2 SU and 6-3-1 ATS over their L/10 games as a fave.
  • However, you might want to use some caution when wagering on New Orleans is on the road, seeing as how they’re just 4-6 SU and a discouraging 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and just 2-6 ATS in their L/8.
  • I’m expecting the Saints to get involved in some high-scoring shootouts against Atlanta, Detroit and Green Bay while possibly routing Cleveland, Minnesota and Dallas.
  • New Orleans could get involved in a few low-scoring affairs as well, when they battle Carolina, San Francisco and take to the field for three of their matchups against their AFC North counterparts.

New Orleans Saints Projected 2014 Starters

Offense

Defense

QB

Drew Brees

DE

Cameron Jordan

RB

Mark Ingram  /  Pierre Thomas

NT

Brodrick Bunkley

WR1

Marques Colston

DE

Akiem Hicks

WR2

Kenny Stills

OLB

Junior Galette

WR3

Brandin Cooks

ILB

Curtis Lofton

TE

Jimmy Graham

ILB

David Hawthorne

LT

Terron Armstead

CB1

Keenan Lewis

LG

Ben Grubbs

CB2

Champ Bailey

C

Tim Lelito

CB3

Stanley Jean-Baptiste

RG

Jahri Evans

SS

Kenny Vaccaro

RT

Zach Strief

FS

Jairus Byrd