Breaking Down The 2015 New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints are looking to rebound after a hugely disappointing 2014 NFL season that ended in a 7-9 record. While besting last year's season record will be easy to eclipse, a post-season berth seems unlikely with the obstacles facing them. Even the NFL odds makers have soured on the Saints, listing the team at 40/1 odds to win Super Bowl 50.

Drew Brees is not showing signs of slowing down, but he will be aging out of his prime in a year or two. One of the biggest question marks surrounding the Saints this year is whether or not their passing offense will be the same without Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills.

New Orleans Saints 2015 Betting Preview

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  • 2014 Season Summary: 7-9-0, Finished 2nd in NFC South Division
  • 2014 Points Scored: 401 points (25.1/g), 9th of 32 in the NFL.
  • 2014 Points Allowed: 424 points (26.5/g), 28th.
  • Coach: Sean Payton
  • Offensive Coordinator: Pete Carmichael
  • Defensive Coordinator: Rob Ryan
  • Stadium: Louisiana Superdome

New Orleans Saints 2015 Betting Odds:

  • To Win Super Bowl 50: +4500
  • To Win the NFC: +200
  • To Win the NFC South: +225

New Orleans 2014 Saints Betting Trends:

  • Overall Against the Spread Record: 6-10
  • ATS Record at home: 2-6
  • ATS Record away from home: 4-4
  • ATS Record as favorites: 4-10
  • ATS Record as underdogs: 2-0
  • Over/Under Record: 10-6

NFC South 2014 Standings:

NFC SOUTH W L T PCT PF PA HOME ROAD DIV PCT NFC PCT AFC STREAK
Carolina 7 8 1 .469 339 374 4-4 3-4-1 4-2 .667 6-6 .500 1-2-1 Won 4
New Orleans 7 9 0 .438 401 424 3-5 4-4 3-3 .500 6-6 .500 1-3 Won 1
Atlanta 6 10 0 .375 381 417 3-5 3-5 5-1 .833 6-6 .500 0-4 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 2 14 0 .125 277 410 0-8 2-6 0-6 .000 1-11 .083 1-3 Lost 6

2015 New Orleans Saints Offense:

The Saints have missed the playoffs twice in the last three seasons, and that's surprising considering they have one of the top four quarterbacks in the NFL in Drew Brees (4952 yards, 33 TDS, 17 INTs, 97.0 rating).

In 2014, the Saints regularly put up at least 20 points, at least 30 points in 9 games and at least 40 points in two games. The Saints also had the top offensive team in the league and none of that none of that translated to a playoff berth. The Panthers won the division with a 7-9 losing record, the same as the Saints, but Carolina held the tie-breaker.

Surprisingly the front office dealt TE Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks, leaving Brees without his best weapon and raising questions about the future of the team. Brees also won't have WR Kenny Stills, who is now in a Dolphins uniform. Though usually accustomed to having his choice of weapons, Brees is known for regularly spreading the ball to 5-6 receivers, even in big games. This season he will have to settle down and focus on the ever reliable Marques Colston (59 rec, 902 yards, 5 TDs), sophomore receiver Brandin Cooks (53 rec, 550 yards, 3 TDs) and average TE Benjamin Watson.

Their running game will be anchored by RB Mark Ingram (226 att, 964 yards, 9 TDs) who began to show signs of the promise he had when he was drafted. The Saints front office did add the oft injured RB CJ Spiller (78 att, 300 yards, 0 TDs).

  • Key Additions: RB CJ Spiller.
  • Key Departures: TE Jimmy Graham, WR Kenny Stills.

New Orleans Saints 2015 Projected Offensive Starters:

  • QB Drew Brees
  • WR Marques Colston
  • WR Brandin Cooks
  • TE Benjamin Watson
  • FB Erik Lorig
  • RB Mark Ingram
  • LT Terron Armstead
  • LG Tim Lelito
  • C Max Unger
  • RG Jahri Evans
  • RT Zach Strief

2015 New Orleans Saints Defense:

One of the main reason the Saints missed the playoffs in 2014 was their weak defense, ranked 31st total, 25th against the pass and 29 stopping the run. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will be in his third season with New Orleans, but he lacks talent on his unit, and that's complicated to overcome, even with a good set of schemes. The team added two good cornerbacks in Brandon Browner and Kyle Wilson, along DE Anthony Spencer to improve the unit; the front office also drafted three defensive ends in the 2015 NFL Draft, including Markus Golden, from Missouri (78 tackles, 10.0 sacks), one of the best in the SEC last season.

The Saints defense was straight horrendous last season, ranking 25th against the pass and 29th against the run, combing for the 31st-ranked defense in the league.

The D is co-ordinated by defensive genius Rob Ryan, who will be in his third season as Saints DC. Even with his defensive prowess, there is only so much he can do with the void left in talent after bounty-gate. The team was able to add a pair of talented cornerbacks in Brandon Browner and Kyle Wilson, and DE Anthony Spencer in the off-season. The front office then went and drafted three defensive ends in the 2015 NFL Draft.

  • Key Additions: CB Brandon Browner, CB Kyle Wilson, DE Anthony Spencer.
  • Key Departures: ILB Curtis Lofton, CB Patrick Robinson, NT Tyrunn Walker, Corey White.

New Orleans Saints 2015 Projected Offensive Defensive Starters (Base 3-4 D):

  • DE Akiem Hicks
  • NT Brodrick Bunkley
  • DE Cameron Jordan
  • OLB Anthony Spencer
  • ILB Dannell Ellerbe
  • ILB David Hawthorne
  • OLB Junior Galette
  • CB Keenan Lewis
  • CB Brandon Browner
  • SS Kenny Vaccaro
  • FS Jairus Byrd

New Orleans Saints 2015 Draft Class:

  • Round 1, Pick 13: OT Andrus Peat, Stanford
  • Round 1, Pick 31: ILB Stephone Anthony, Clemson (75 tackles, 2.5 sacks)
  • Round 2, Pick 44: OLB Hau'oli Kikaha, Washington (72 tackles, 19.0 sacks)
  • Round 3, Pick 75 QB Garrett Grayson, Colorado State (4006 yards, 32 TDs, 7 INTs)
  • Round 3, Pick 78: CB P.J. Williams, Florida State (74 tackles, 1.0 sack)
  • Round 5, Pick 148: OLB Davis Tull, Chattanooga
  • Round 5, Pick 154: DT Tyeler Davison, Florida State (61 tackles, 8.5 sacks)
  • Round 5, Pick 167: CB B Damian Swann, Georgia (65 tackles, 4 INTs)
  • Round 7, Pick 230: RB Marcus Murphy, Missouri (177 att, 924 yards, 4 TDs)

New Orleans Saints 2015 Schedule and Point Spreads:

  • Week 1 Sun, Sep 13 NO (-3) @ Arizona 4:05 PM FOX
  • Week 2 Sun, Sep 20 NO (-6.5) vs Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
  • Week 3 Sun, Sep 27 NO (+1) @ Carolina 1:00 PM FOX
  • Week 4 Sun, Oct 4 NO (pk) vs Dallas 8:30 PM NBC
  • Week 5 Sun, Oct 11 NO (-4) @ Philadelphia 1:00 PM FOX
  • Week 6 Thu, Oct 15 NO (-3.5) vs Atlanta 8:25 PM CBS/NFL
  • Week 7 Sun, Oct 25 NO (-5) @ Indianapolis 1:00 PM FOX
  • Week 8 Sun, Nov 1 NO (-2) vs New York Giants 1:00 PM FOX
  • Week 9 Sun, Nov 8 NO (-7) vs Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
  • Week 10 Sun, Nov 15 NO (pk) @ Washington 1:00 PM FOX
  • Week 11 BYE WEEK
  • Week 12 Sun, Nov 29 NO (+2) @ Houston 1:00 PM FOX
  • Week 13 Sun, Dec 6 NO (-2) vs Carolina 1:00 PM FOX
  • Week 14 Sun, Dec 13 NO (-2.5) @ Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
  • Week 15 Mon, Dec 21 NO (pk) vs Detroit 8:30 PM ESPN
  • Week 16 Sun, Dec 27 NO (-8) vs Jacksonville 1:00 PM CBS
  • Week 17 Sun, Jan 3 @ Atlanta 1:00 PM FOX

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Winning the NFC South looks like a pipe dream for the Saints who were once the odds on favorite to win the division season and season out. Both the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers having improved drastically this past offseason. Even the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made quite a few improvements and could be tough to beat. New Orleans will have to step up in every area and prove that they can win without the key players they lost, but they have the young talent to accomplish the task.

How To Bet The New Orleans Saints Futures In 2014: Saints will go 6-10 and remain a non-playoff team.

Sources:

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nor/2015.htm
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/nor/
http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/no/new-orleans-saints
http://www.nfl.com/teams/profile?team=NO