The Saints finished 8-8 last season, a one-game improvement over the year prior. The team looks to keep improving and finish with a winning record this season. Trace McSorley will need to take a big step forward for it to happen.
With Drew Brees gone, the team needs to select a new offensive captain. Alvin Kamara, Cam Jordan, and Marshon Lattimore will remain captains this season while Michael Thomas becomes the 4th. These are the 4 clear leaders of the team.
Expectations are pretty low after back to back seasons near the bottom of the league in scoring. The team needs Alvin Kamara to stay healthy since he carries the bulk of the offense. Trace McSorley needs to raise his TD:Int ratio to at least 1:2 to have a decent showing. Turnovers have destroyed the team over the last two years. Michael Thomas, Cameron Meredith, and Tyre Brady form a formidable trio of receivers. They need to be more productive in the redzone for the team to make the playoffs this year.
Trey Hendrickson and Marcus Davenport will be starting at DE this season. They are a pair of young, athletic pass rushers that should maintain the production had last year. Cam Jordan will be manning DT this year unless one of the outside guys gets hurt. This should improve the run defense that was awful last year.
Marcus Davenport will get 10 sacks. The team leader last year was 8, but Davenport only had limited playing time.
Alvin Kamara will run for 8 touchdowns. Last year he had trouble staying healthy and only had 5 running scores.
Record: 9-7. The team has a very tough schedule at home, having to play the Packers, Chiefs, Giants, and Bucs. 1 win from these 4 games should be enough to get New Orleans to a winning record.