Catch up on all the latest news of Louisana’s finest, the New Orleans Saints

Posted by | September 21, 2021 .

Catch up on all the latest news of Louisana’s finest, the New Orleans Saints

If you’re the type of person who likes to party and is always up for a good time, then New Orleans is the city for you. Located on the Mississippi River and near the Gulf of Mexico, it is often referred to as the “Big Easy” and is well renowned for its vibrant culture and crazy nightlife. The food is amazing, the bars are jam-packed, and the people are friendly and welcoming to all. It might not have the big status of Los Angeles or New York, but it’s much more fun than either of those places will ever be.

If sports are your thing, then New Orleans will certainly be able to cater to your needs. Founded in 2002, the New Orleans Pelicans are a basketball team that play their home games at the Smoothie King Center, and are one of the 30 teams in the NBA. They haven’t qualified for the playoffs since the 2017/18 season, but they still draw quite the crowd for their home games, and coach Stan Van Gundy is hoping to get them competing at the top level in the next few seasons.

Rugby is usually associated with countries like England, Wales or Scotland, but there is a professional Rugby League in the United States, Major League Rugby. The New Orleans Gold, or often shortened to NOLA Gold, are one of the 12 teams who compete in the league, since their inception in 2017. The 2021 season was held between the end of March and the middle of July, and the Gold had a good record, winning 10 of their 16 games. However, they just missed out on making it to the playoffs, as they finished third in the Eastern Conference behind Rugby ATL and Rugby United New York, with only the top two from each conference making it through to the post-season.

While these teams are certainly fun to watch, if you’re coming to New Orleans to watch sport, it will undoubtedly be for the New Orleans Saints. Founded in 1966 and joining the NFL as an expansion team in 1967, they are one of only two franchises to win their sole Super Bowl appearance, which happened in February 2010. The final was helped at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida, with the Saints up against the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints made the whole thing look easy, with the final score 31-17 in their favour.

Are the Saints in a position to make it to the Super Bowl again this year? Fans of sports betting have been looking for all the latest NFL lines on their betting apps to see what kind of odds they’ll get. We’ll examine what happened last season, to see if it can give us an idea of what to expect this year.

Good, but not great, in the 2020 campaign

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic affected sports teams all over the world, including in the NFL. The Superdome, which can hold nearly 75,000 people for a Saints home game, was not filled to capacity at times last season. However, this didn’t seem to affect the Saints players too much, as they only lost two games at home all season, to the Green Bay Packers and to the Kansas City Chiefs, two sides who made it very deep into the playoffs.

The Saints made it to the playoffs themselves, toping the NFC South division with a 12-4 record. In fact, their regular-season results placed them ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who would go on to win that year’s Super Bowl.

They overcame the Chicago Bears 21-9 in the Wild Card round, but in the Divisional they were no match for Tom Brady and his Buccaneers, losing 20-30 at the Superdome.

Pre-season results a good omen for the Saints?

There was an eight-month gap between the last game of the 2020/21 campaign and the first preseason game for the Saints, which in any sport would have felt like a decade. The point of these preseason games is to slowly get back up to speed and try out some new tactics, to see what works and what doesn’t.

The first game showed a lot of work had to be done, as they lost 17-14 to the Baltimore Ravens. However, things improved considerably in their next fixture, where they overcame the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-21. Two preseason games are not much to go on, but at least they went into the regular season with a win under their belt.

A good start, with better things to come?

The opening game saw them brush aside the Green Bay Packers with ease, with the final score 38-3. There is always room for improvement, and the Saints have two tough upcoming fixtures away from the Superdome, against the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots. Can they continue their winning ways and make it to the playoffs again this season? Signs look good, but with so many games left to play, we’ll have to wait to find out.