All the latest New Orleans Saints news

Posted by | September 21, 2021 .

All the latest New Orleans Saints news

When people think of the major US cities, the ones that will often spring to mind first will be New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. These places are frequently seen in film and television, so much so that people often feel like they could grasp walking around them for the first time without a map, given the familiarity.

After that, Las Vegas, Chicago, or Boston would also be high up the list, as they too often appear on our screens. Each of these places has its own individual charms and would be on many people’s bucket lists of places to visit, if they ever were to organise a road trip across North America.

A city that isn’t spoken off nearly enough, but certainly should be on everyone’s list to visit at least once before they die, is New Orleans. Situated in the South, it is off the beaten track, in a state (Louisiana) that most people wouldn’t go to unless they had a specific reason. They are the ones truly missing out.

New Orleans is a city rich in history. Nicknamed the “Big Easy” it is known for its vibrant live music scene, and its amazing food, which mixes French, African and American cultures. If you’ve heard of New Orleans, it’s probably because of Mardi Gras, the carnival which is famous for its fabulous parades.

Unfortunately, it has been in the news quite recently due to the hurricanes that have swept through there. Many houses were destroyed, and the damage is expected to take years to repair. This isn’t the first time New Orleans has suffered adverse weather either, as in 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, with many people losing their lives, as well as their homes. The Superdome, where the New Orleans Saints play their games, was used to house those who had been hit the hardest, and the stadium is now synonymous with Katrina, as well as the Saints.

The 2021 NFL season has begun, with the Saints beginning their campaign in front of a packed crowd at the Superdome. The new NFL season always brings excitement to fans, as well as those looking for the best NFL odds to place bets on the sport. Will this be a great season for the Saints? Will they make the playoffs again? Let’s see how they started, to see if we can tell.

Strong start to get the new season underway

Every coach or manager will preach the idea that starting a season brightly is absolutely essential. It builds momentum straight away, and it means both the players and the fans are optimistic about what can be achieved, instead of having a negative attitude.

The first game of the new season for the New Orleans Saints was a potentially tricky one, against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers had the best record in the NFC last year and made it all the way to the NFC Championship, where they lost in a close match to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who of course would go on to be Super Bowl champions.

On paper, this looked like a very even game, but in reality, it was anything but. By half-time, the Saints were already 14-3 up, showing a ruthless streak that hasn’t always been present in the last few seasons. From there, things got even better, with seven more points scored in the third quarter, and another 14 in the fourth. All the while, the Packers were not able to add any more, with the game ending 38-3 in the Saints favour. The Packers players and management came out with quotes after the game using words such as embarrassed and humiliated, whereas the mood in the Saints camp was the polar opposite.

Will winning ways continue?
An often-used phrase in sport is you are only as good as your last result. Meaning that there is no point getting too carried away with just one game, as soon enough there will be another one coming up, and without 100% focus things can quickly turn from good to bad.

The upcoming games see the Saints travelling to Carolina to take on the Panthers, before then heading further north to take on the New England Patriots. The Panthers edged past the New York Jets in their first game, whereas the Patriots were unlucky to lose by a single point against the Miami Dolphins. The Panthers, like the Saints, will want to continue their winning ways, while the Patriots will be keen to change their fortunes. Neither of these games will be easy, especially as both will be played away from the Superdome.

The last (and only) Super Bowl victory for the Saints was in 2010. Could 2021 see them victorious come the end of February? At this early stage,, it is very hard to tell, but if they keep playing the way they can, then the sky is the limit.