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2010 NFL Preview: New Orleans Saints Betting Lines

2010 NFL Team Odds, Preview, & Predictions- New Orleans Saints

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New Orleans Current Odds to Win:
Saints NFC South Odds – -175
Saints NFC Championship Lines – 9/2
Saints 2011 Super Bowl Futures – 10/1
New Orleans Saints Season Over/Under Win Total – 10.5

New Orleans capped off a story book season with the ultimate happy ending; a 31-17 victory over Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV. From Week 1 of last season the Saints were one of the best teams in football as they reeled off 13 straight wins on their way to an NFC best 13-3 record. The key to success in 2010 will be another quick start to once again separate themselves from the pack.

The main ingredients on offense that brought New Orleans its first world title are back and ready to pick up where they left off. Quarterback Drew Brees along with a host of solid receivers should once again be able to light up the scoreboard like they did last year. The Saints led the league in total offense; averaging 403.8 yards per game and scoring; averaging 31.9 points per game.

Brees was the only quarterback in the league last season to complete over 70 percent of his throws. He ended the year with 4,388 passing yards and 34 TD’s against just 11 interceptions for a league high passer rating of 109.6. With a receiving corps that includes Marquis Colston, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, and Jeremy Shockey along with running backs Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, the Saints offensive lineup reads like a Pro Bowl roster.

Defensively New Orleans was not statistically impressive, but it was extremely opportunistic. While as a team the Saints were ranked 25th overall; 26th against the pass and 21st against the pass, they were third in interceptions with 26 and first in defensive scoring with five interceptions and three fumbles returned for touchdowns. While the majority of last season’s unit is still intact including their biggest ball hawk; Darren Sharper these kinds of results are extremely difficult to reproduce from one year to the next.

They did try to address some of their concerns on defense through the draft by selecting CB Patrick Robinson in the first round and DT Al Woods in the third round. They also added DE’s Jimmy Wilkerson, who was formally with Tampa and Alex Brown, who was with Chicago to add some depth to the front four. If the Saint’s hope to successfully defend their title, they will need to play better all around defense as opposed to relying on timely turnovers to win games.

Last season New Orleans was 6-2 straight up at home and 7-1 on the road. Against the spread the Saints were just 8-8; 4-4 both at home and on the road. Given the fact they should be favored in almost every game with the possible exception of Week 12 in Dallas and Week 15 in Baltimore, taking them straight up on the moneyline but taking the points against them in the spread could be a good betting strategy for this team.

In the past twenty years only three teams have been able to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The pressure of defending your title is often much harder than winning one. While there is no doubt this team will once again be at the top of the league in scoring offense, the Saints defense is still a bit suspect. They should be able to win enough games to easily win the NFC South, but could be a prime candidate for an early exit from the postseason.

2010 Prediction: 1st in the NFC South
Win Total: OVER

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David Schwab is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog. While not cheering for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles David can be found working on his blog. David wants to hear from you so please comment below.

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