Saints 2020 Team Analysis and Schedule
The New Orleans Saints have been one of the best teams in the NFL over the past decade, but they have struggled to find success in the playoffs in recent years. A pair of disappointing endings have haunted them in each of the last two years, and they are looking for revenge in 2020.
Quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton remain with the team, and they have been a dynamic duo since coming together. Brees is nearing the end of his career, and the Saints would love one more Super Bowl championship.
The schedule won’t be easy for the Saints, but they will be featured in several primetime games. They are still expected to win the NFC South, but they will have a challenge this season.
New Orleans Saints 2020 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 2||Sept. 21||at Chicago Bears|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||at Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 5||Oct. 12||at Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Washington Redskins|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||at Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||at Washington Redskins|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Bye week|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||at Cincinnati Bengal|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||at Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Cleveland Browns|
|Week 16||Dec. 25||at Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Dallas Cowboys|
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Last Year’s History
New Orleans won the NFC South a season ago with a regular season record of 13-3, but that only earned them the third seed in the NFC. The Saints went 5-1 against NFC South opponents, but a stunning loss to the Atlanta Falcons kept them from earning a playoff bye.
The Saints hosted the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card round of the NFC Playoffs, and once again suffered a heartbreaking defeat. New Orleans lost by a score of 26-20 in overtime, ending their chances at another Super Bowl.
There were 11 different players from the Saints that were named to the Pro Bowl team, and six of the Saints were All-Pros. New Orleans was able to get through an injury to quarterback Drew Brees, and their offense was once again dominant.
New Orleans Saints Key Players
Brees failed to throw for at least 3,000 yards for just the second time in his career in 2019, but injuries played a huge role. When he was on the field, Brees remained one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Brees has completed over 70 percent of his passes in each of the last four seasons and has thrown at least 23 touchdown passes a year during that same span. The Saints love to throw the football, and Brees should be set for another big year in 2020.
Michael Thomas is entering his fifth season with the Saints, and he has recorded at least 92 receptions in each year in the league. Thomas is widely considered one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, and he has the numbers to back that up.
Last season was the best year of his career, as Thomas had an NFL-record 149 receptions for more than 1,700 yards. Thomas also had nine touchdown receptions for the second straight year.
Teams continue to try to load up to stop Thomas, but Brees continues to find a way to get him the ball. Barring injury, Thomas could be staring at 150 receptions during the 2020 season.
Alvin Kamara is the starting running back for the Saints, but he is also a huge weapon in the passing game. The three-year veteran had over 1,300 yards in total offense a season ago, and the Saints love getting the ball in his hands.
Kamara had 14 rushing touchdowns during the 2018 season and is a huge weapon in the red zone despite scoring just six times in 2019. Even though the Saints love to throw the ball a ton, they can usually count on Kamara to average close to five yards per carry.
The Saints need more balance on offense, and giving the ball to Kamara should help provide that.
New Orleans Saints New Additions
Even though the Saints had a terrific 2020 season, they still went out and made some big moves this offseason. New Orleans selected Michigan C Cesar Ruiz in the first round of the NFL Draft, and he should see some significant playing time.
The Saints also signed WR Emmanuel Sanders to a two-year deal, and he will provide an extra weapon to Brees and the Saints offense. Sanders played a huge role for the San Francisco 49ers in their run to the Super Bowl a season ago.
Jameis Winston was also brought in to back up Drew Brees, though the Saints also re-signed Taysom Hill.
New Orleans Saints Key Subtractions
The Saints will be looking to replace two key members of their secondary, which could spell trouble in 2020. CB Eli Apple signed a deal with the Carolina Panthers, and S Von Bell is now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Saints enter the 2020 season without backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater did a great job of filling in for Brees when he was injured, and the Saints won’t have that luxury this season.
New Orleans did a solid job of replacing all of the players that they lost, but they are definitely dealing with some significant losses.
New Orleans has been the top team in the NFC South for the last few seasons, but things will look a little bit different in 2020. The biggest change will be that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now look like legitimate threats.
Tampa Bay went out and signed quarterback Tom Brady and is also bringing in tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Bucs should have a vaunted offense, but their defense remains a question mark.
The Atlanta Falcons have struggled in the last few seasons, but they still have a talented offense as well. The Carolina Panthers are expected to finish in fourth place in the division and don’t pose a real threat.
New Orleans is still the team to beat, but there are some teams that could potentially knock them off.
The New Orleans Saints have one of the top offenses in all of the National Football League. In 2019, they scored 456 points on the season and rarely turned the ball over. The coaching staff would love to see those numbers again in 2020.
Drew Brees threw for nearly 3,000 yards, but keep in mind that he missed five regular-season games in 2019. Alvin Kamara will be back to the workhorse load. His 2019 was not overwhelming, but there is no doubt, he has the ability to wear down any opposing defense.
Finally, the player who many consider the top receiver in all of the National Football League, Michael Thomas, who finished one catch shy of 150 on the season and under 300 yards shy of 2,000. What a season this elite receiver had. There is no doubt that when the Saints need a big play, they look for this guy!
The Saints allowed just 21.3 points per game a season ago, which was slightly above the league average. Their quick-strike offense had the defense on the field a lot, and the defense was able to hold up pretty well.
The losses of Bell and Apple could create some problems for the Saints secondary in 2020, but they still have plenty of talent on that side of the ball. New Orleans had 51 sacks as a team a season ago, which was in the top five in the league.
Defensive end Cameron Jordan is one of the best pass-rushers in the game, and he can create problems for opponents. The Saints are known for their offense, but this defense is good enough.
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