Saints Playoff Chances, Odds & Prediction for 2022 NFL Season
The New Orleans Saints finished with a winning record for the fifth consecutive season in 2021, but failed to secure a playoff berth. The loss of starting quarterback Jameis Winston ended up being costly as the team was only able to win four of its 10 games without him leading the offense.
The good news is that Winston is back on a new contract and has a revamped receiving core at his disposal. Michael Thomas is returning from an injury and joins exciting rookie Chris Olave and veteran addition Jarvis Landry. Throw in running back Alvin Kamara and this is a downright scary offense.
Let's break down the Saints' playoff chances in 2022 using odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook.
Saints Playoff Chances 2022
New Orleans is available at +130 to make the postseason. That equates to an implied probability of 43.5% for the Saints to earn a playoff berth.
New Orleans Saints Playoff Odds 2022
The Saints head into the 2022 season with the second-best odds to win the NFC South. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a clear favorite at -320, while New Orleans checks in next with +380 odds. That is well ahead of both the Carolina Panthers (+1300) and Atlanta Falcons (+2400).
Saints Win Total Over/Under 2022
The Saints' win total has been set at 8.5 with +100 odds on the over and -120 odds on the under.
Saints Odds to Win NFC 2022
New Orleans is something of a dark-horse contender to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Saints own the eighth-best odds to win the NFC outright at +1700. That is smack dab in the middle of the Arizona Cardinals (+1400) and Minnesota Vikings (+2000).
Saints Super Bowl Odds 2022
As for the Lombardi Trophy, head coach Dennis Allen's team is available at +4000 to win it all. That has the Saints tied for the 17th-best Super Bowl odds alongside four other franchises.
Saints 2022 Season Prediction
Keep in mind it is likely Wild Card or bust for the Saints in 2022. The Buccaneers have won at least 11 games in each of the last two seasons and quarterback Tom Brady remains on a mission to succeed. Seeing New Orleans sweep Tampa Bay like it did last year would change everything, though.
The Saints were able to win games last season due to the efforts of their defense alone. New Orleans gave up only 19.7 points per game and then added Tyrann Mathieu to the secondary. They have improved on both sides of the ball and also have the 12-easiest schedule right in front of them.
Avoiding being on the wrong end of some upsets is what the Saints' season will come down to. Facing just one team in the last four weeks that finished above the .500 mark in 2021 will certainly help as well. This team has postseason upside and could be the low seed no one wants to have to face.
Saints 2022 Record Prediction: 9-8
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