Tony T here from Gamblers Television covering the NFL “Vegas Style” all season long.
The New Orleans Saints finished the regular season with a 7-9 record. It was a disappointing year for the Saints as they reached the NFC Championship in 2006. The issue with the Saints was their defense as they gave up an average of 245 passing per game ranking 30th in the league. They Saints addressed it in the offseason drafting Sedrick Ellis, acquiring free agent linebacker Jonathon Vilma and cornerback Aaron Glenn. Oddsmakers have set the regular season win projection for the New Orleans Saints at 8 ½ wins.
The Saints play in the NFC South and that means two games with Tampa Bay, Atlanta and Carolina. The NFC South plays the NFC North and AFC West this season and that brings road games at Denver. They are going to have to beat 3 of the 8 weaker teams from those divisions on the road as they travel to Oakland, Chicago and Detroit. As a third place team in the NFC South they must play the two other second place NFC teams and that means a road game at Washington and hosting San Francisco. They also lose a home game as they will play as the home team in their game against San Diego in London.
The Saints have weapons on offense with Drew Brees at quarterback, Marques Colston at wideout and Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister in the backfield. They were #1 in red zone efficiency last season scoring a TD 72% of the time. Through out their first four games and Drew Brees passed for just under 3500 yards with 27 TD’s and 9 interceptions. McAllister is coming off his second ACL tear in his last 3 seasons. He has had some issues with it in camp as he has experienced swelling and had fluid drained. McAllister came into camp lighter and look for him to have very limited carries in the preseason. The Saints added tight end Jeremy Shockey from the Giants and gives Brees a reliable pass catching tight end that can go to over the middle. Shockey is very happy to be a Saint and when your quarterback is Drew Brees how can you blame him.
The Saints drafted a good one in Sedrick Ellis out of USC as their #1 pick in the draft. Ellis has speed to pursue running backs and will be a disruptive force in the passing game. Defensive end Bobby McCray a 6′ 6″ pass rushing specialist who spent his past 4 seasons in Jacksonville was signed in free agency. Opposing quarterbacks will have problems getting the ball over his reach. Jonathon Vilma is reaching his prime at 26 years old and will be a good addition to the Saints linebacking corps. The Saints improved their secondary by adding Aaron Glenn, Randall Gay and drafting Tracy Porter in the second round.
And now to my Selection:
The Saints opened the season at 0-4 last season and finished 7-5 after their poor start. They do catch a break traveling to Washington with a rookie coach coaching in his first ever game. Despite the difficult schedule the Saints are still a top 5 offense in this league and addressed their defensive issues very well in the offseason. Their pass rush will bring down the amount of big plays against the secondary.
Play the New Orleans Saints OVER 8 ½ wins for the 2008 season.
Selection: Play New Orleans Over 8 ½ wins in 2008 Regular Season.
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