Saints' 2014 Win Total Odds
LAS VEGAS,NV (The Spread) - The New Orleans Saints once again look like a playoff contender heading into the 2014 season after a productive offseason.
The Saints added four potential starters in free agency including safety Jairus Byrd, who was the cornerstone piece of the team's offseason. New Orleans also signed cornerback Champ Bailey, center Jonathan Goodwin and fullback Erik Lorig.
Among the team's offseason losses were center Brian De La Puente, who signed with the Bears, safety Malcolm Jenkins, who signed with the Eagles, and offensive tackle Charles Brown, who signed with the Giants. Lance Moore, Will Smith and Roman Carper were released. Darren Sproles was also traded to the Eagles.
In May's draft the Saints added yet another dynamic offensive playmaker in Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks, who is a perfect substitute for Sproles. New Orleans also took Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste in the second round, Cal linebacker Khairi Fortt in the fourth and safety Vinnie Sunseri of Alabama and linebacker Ronald Powell of Florida in the fifth.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Saints have an over/under of 9.5 for the number of wins for 2014 and I'd lean towards the over. The contract dispute between the team and tight end Jimmy Graham is unfortunate but at some point that situation will be settled and he'll be back with the team. With Graham back and Drew Brees at the controls of Sean Payton's explosive offense, the Saints will score plenty of points again in 2014. Coupled with Rob Ryan's aggressive defense and one of the best home field advantages in the league, New Orleans should win 10-plus games this season.