2013-14 Saints Season Odds
NEW ORLEANS, LA (The Spread) - Are the Saints a Super Bowl sleeper now that they have their head coach back and a new defensive coordinator? Let's check out the odds.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Saints are 18/1 to win the 2014 Super Bowl and 10/1 to win the NFC Conference championship this season. They're also +170 to win the NFC South Division and have an over/under total of 9 for number of wins they'll compile in 2013. The odds that the Saints will make the playoffs are -150 for and +120 against.
The Saints will have head coach Sean Payton back from a season-long suspension following the "Bountygate" scandal of 2012. They also hired Rob Ryan to be their new defensive coordinator following a disastrous effort on that side of the ball last season.
In the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Saints selected Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro and in the third they took Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead and Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins. In the fifth they selected Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills and in the sixth they nabbed Tarleton State defensive end Rufus Johnson.
With Drew Brees back under center and Payton calling the plays, the Saints offense will once again be explosive. But will their defense be improved under Ryan? There are major concerns surrounding the team's ability to drum up a pass rush and the secondary remains a question despite the addition of Vaccaro. Even though the odds are high that the Saints will head back to the playoffs, they're going to have to put up a ton of points each week if they're going to mask the issues they have on defense.
2013-14 New Orleans Saints Season Odds
Super Bowl Odds: 18/1
NFC Conference Odds: 10/1
NFC South Division: +170
Over/Under Win Total: 9