Win-loss prediction for the 2018 New Orleans Saints

Posted by | July 29, 2018 .

 

 

New Orleans Saints players rush the fans after sacking Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to turn the ball over on downs, in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. The Saints won 36-21. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

There has been few years hyped as much as this upcoming season. The 2018 New Orleans Saints are mentioned to top the NFC along with: The Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and the Los Angeles Rams.

The 2018 season is now in official starting mode. Training camp is in session. Fans were lined up around the building on Airline Highway this weekend.

The scene looked more like a grand opening of Star Wars or “Black Friday.” Fans are undeniably ecstatic for the 2018 season. Of course, there is good reason for this. This year is unlike any other year under Sean Payton. A young team with lofty expectations is something to cherish. Not to mention, a future Hall of Fame quarterback looking for another ring.

The New Orleans Saints bring back an 11-5 team from last year. That same team should be even better for 2018 with some experience behind them.

“We’re a young team and that’s exciting, said coach Sean Payton. “Every year is different and it’s all about a process.”

Defensive end Cam Jordan knows it too. “TMo and Drew Brees are the only ones left from that Super Bowl team. I want to be part of that group.”

It’s hard to fathom that last statement. The Saints Super Bowl championship is now going on 10 years and counting. Now it’s time to see if this young team are ready to take that next step.

The Schedule

The unfortunate result of winning a division is the strength of schedule the year after. The Saints have one of the toughest schedules in 2018. Also, three of the four teams from the NFC South made the postseason in 2017. And look for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to improve. Last year, the media picked the Bucs to make the playoffs in 2017.

In my opinion, the schedule early on and the last quarter seems to be easier than the middle eight games. In those eight games, the Saints play four NFC playoff teams: Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Atlanta Falcons. Also, two tough road games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens lie in that same stretch.

Both Baltimore and Dallas finished 9-7 in 2017 but missed the playoffs. The 2018 New Orleans Saints have to be much better to equal the 11-5 record from last year. Last year, before the season started my prediction was 12-4. This was way before the media started jumping on the bandwagon. Here is my predictions game by game for 2018.

 

Tampa W

Cleveland W

at Atlanta W

at New York Giants L

Washington W

at Baltimore L

at Minnesota W

Los Angeles Rams L

at Cincinnati W

Philadelphia L

Atlanta W

at Dallas W

at Tampa Bay L

at Carolina W

Pittsburgh L

Carolina W

Final record: 10-6

 

Also here’s my NFC South prediction.

 

New Orleans Saints 10-6

Atlanta 10-6

Tampa 9-7

Carolina 5-11

 

The 10-6 record may sound disappointing, but it’s not, gauging the difficulty of the 2018 schedule. And really as long as you’re the last team standing who cares? The New Orleans Saints are built to make a deep run into the playoffs.

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