2016 New Orleans Saints Predictions

The 2015 version of the New Orleans Saints did not quite live up to expectations. Finishing with a 7-9 record and missing the playoffs is not the outcome many predicted for this team. Vegas doesn’t think things will get much better, setting their over under at 7 wins for 2016.

Here is how we think the Saints will fare.

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 11 vs. Oakland Raiders
The Raiders will be a tough match up to start the season. Young quarterback Derrick Carr seems to be emerging in this league. This rising young team, along with Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack will be tough to beat. Record 0-1

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 18 at New York Giants
A new coach will be in place for the Giants, however they will have familiar faces Eli Manning and Odell Beckham. The Giants usually start the season well. Record 0-2

Week 3: Monday, Sept. 26 vs. Atlanta Falcons
The home opener for the Saints should result in a win. The Saints have seemed to have the Falcons number in recent years. This game is the 10-year anniversary of New Orleans’ return to the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina in 2006. Hard to see them losing this game. Record 1-2

Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 2 at San Diego Chargers
A road trip out west will not be an easy challenge. The Chargers however were not very good last year. Drew Brees could have a chip on his shoulder against his former team. Since he’s one of the best Saints of all-time, I like him to have a big game here.  Record 2-2

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 16 vs. Carolina Panthers
The Saints usually play well in divisional games, but the Panthers will be too much. I don’t think we improved enough via the draft to take them on.  Record 2-3

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 23 at Kansas City Chiefs
The Saints usually have trouble in outdoor stadiums. The loud Arrowhead will be a tough place to win. The Chiefs finished last year ranking third in the NFL in points allowed. Record 2-4

Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 30 vs. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle at home is a very tough team to beat. Their defense will be too much for the Saints. Record 2-5

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 6 at San Francisco 49ers
Another trip to the west coast should result in an other win. The 49ers are clearly still in rebuild mode. Record 3-5

Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 13 vs. Denver Broncos
The defending champions will have a new look at quarterback, however they should still have a really good defense, regardless of what happens to Von Miller. Record 3-6

Week 11: Thursday, Nov. 17 at Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers will be on a mission this year to get back to the Super Bowl. Hard to see the saints winning this divisional game on the road. Record 3-7

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 27 vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams success will depend largely on their new quarterback. They have a pretty good defense but offensively they are at times inconsistent. Record 4-7

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 4 vs. Detroit Lions
Detroit has not been very good in recent years and they now have no Megatron. Record 5-7

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs should continue to improve with new Quarterback Jameis Winston. On the road, outdoors will be too much for the Saints. Record 5-8

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 18 at Arizona Cardinals
Arizona should be the team to beat in their division this year. They will be able to outscore the Saints. Record 5-9

Week 16: Saturday, Dec. 24 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
At home the Saints will be playing for pride. They squeak out a close one. Record 6-9

Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 1 at Atlanta Falcons
They’ve had the Falcons number as of late. Perhaps numerically they are still in the wildcard hunt. Record 7-9

Back to back losing seasons.  I almost feel like we are back in the Ditka era.