We all know that death and taxes are constants in life, but over the last 15 years or so, we could add the performance of the New Orleans Saints to that mix. In the 15 years that Sean Payton has been in charge, the Saints offense has been top 5 in either yardage gained or points scored 14 times. As we are all very aware, though, those performances came with Drew Brees under center. He will not be the QB for the Saints this coming season, though, as he has retired and is now preparing for life in the commentary booth. It was believed that Taysom Hill would immediately take over the QB role once Brees hung up his pads, but after a stretch of starts last season, the Saints are not saying that he will start. They went out and picked up Jameis Winston and are stating that there will be a competition for that starting spot. Let’s look at how things might go on offense for the Saints this coming season so you can start planning your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting – New Orleans Saints Offense Expert Analysis For the 2021-22 Season
Saints Offense in 2020
As mentioned earlier, the Saints did manage to land in the top 5 in one of the offensive categories, doing so by scoring 482 points, which left them in 5th. That is all the more impressive when you consider that Brees missed 4 full games after going out early with an injury in Week 10. Hill won 3 of the 4 games that he started, but the team averaged about 24 PPG during that stretch, which was down form their 30 PPG season average.
As much as the Saints have relied on Brees tossing the football all over the field, they have had a more balanced attack in recent years, thanks in large part to Alvin Kamara. Through the air, the Saints averaged 235 YPG, while adding another 142 YPG on the ground, so certainly a balanced attack. The Saints offense did a nice job of protecting the football, ending up top 5 in turnovers with 26 takeaways versus 16 giveaways.
The Saints Offensive Outlook in 2021
With Brees now behind the microphone instead of under center, there is an expectation that this offense will take a bit of a backward step. With that being said, there are still plenty of reasons to believe that the drop-off may not be as precipitous as some are predicting.
While we are not yet sure who will be taking the QB reins in New Orleans, we do know that whoever it is will be well protected. The Saints offensive line is arguably the best in the business and is one of the main reasons why this team is always able to rack up yardage and points. When the QB has time and the running back has holes to hit, you can usually expect good things to happen.
Speaking of running the football, the Saints will have Alvin Kamara back in the fold. After an injury plagued 2019, Kamara returned last year and delivered the best season of his career. He is still just 26 years old, so he has a lot of life left in those legs. The QB of choice for the Saints will also have Michael Thomas as a target, so definitely lots of offensive threats. I don’t think we are going to see this unit regress too much in 2021.
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