It just hasn’t gone to plan for the New Orleans Saints this year and it looks like the 2009 Super Bowl winners are going to miss out on the playoffs for the third season in a row.
After going 7-9 in each of the last two years, New Orleans looked set to challenge for the playoffs after winning four of their opening eight fixtures this time around – but four defeats in their last five games have all but ended Saints’ chances of competing in the postseason.
Drew Brees, who passed the 4,000 yard mark for the 11th successive year on Sunday, has done his utmost to carry New Orleans into playoff contention but they have failed to build on a promising start to the year.
The Saints quarterback has racked up 4,170 passing yards this season – more than anybody else in the National Football League. If truth be told, New Orleans have one of the strongest offenses in the sport and Brees’ tally of 30 touchdown passes is very impressive to say the least.
The Saints have had one of the best offensive units for years but their main problems lie on defense. New Orleans have allowed 351 points so far this season, sitting 29th and 30th in passing yards allowed per game and points conceded per game respectively.
Until the Saints sort out their blatant issues on defense, Brees and co will be hindered on the other side of the football. At the end of the day, defense wins championships and this New Orleans unit just isn’t good enough.
New Orleans have lost three of their four divisional games so far this campaign and they must beat the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the coming weeks to stand any chance of reaching the playoffs.
The NFC South title is still just about up for grabs but it will take a minor miracle for Sean Payton’s side to climb above their rivals. Brees must guide the Saints to three successive victories and hope for help from other franchises to pip their rivals to a playoff spot.
As of December 12th, the Saints are priced at 100/1 to shock the world and win the NFC South at Betway. While this may be beyond their capabilities, three wins could give supporters a much needed lift ahead of the offseason.
If New Orleans draft well ahead of the 2017 campaign, a playoff push may be a more realistic target…