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Predictions for the New Orleans Saints and the Rest of the NFL in 2015

By John La Fleur, 1 year 2 months ago
Madame La Veau has gazed into her crystal ball, has flipped through her tarot cards and has read some tea leaves. She has determined what will be the fate of the New Orleans Saints in the 2015 season. In the process, she also discovered some other future occurrences for some others in the National Football League. I will share these with all fans of the NFL. 1. The Saints will lose at...

Why Football Mattered to the Residents of Louisiana in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

By John La Fleur, 1 year 3 months ago
Epic disasters bring out the best and worst in human beings. I am not the first person to point out that. However, I can confirm the accuracy of this statement, as this was revealed by the costliest natural disaster and one of the most devastating in United States history.  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina ten years ago, some people shared their possessions and even risked their lives...

Positives and Negatives from the New Orleans Saints' First Two Preseason Games

By John La Fleur, 1 year 3 months ago
Two weeks ago, my enthusiasm over finally seeing the New Orleans Saints play football for the first time in eight months quickly turned to dismay. The Saints’ performance in their first preseason game caused me to dread the upcoming. The weakest link in the defense, the secondary, saw two players leave the game with injuries in the first quarter at Baltimore. The Saints piled up 16...

NFL Scouts Talk Anonymously About NFC South Teams

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 3 months ago
Since the NFC South's inception in 2002, only one team has won back-to-back division titles — the Carolina Panthers from 2013-14. However, they finished with a sub-.500 record last year. With no true dominant team, this division is really a toss-up. Any of these teams could win this division, but will any of them clearly stand out from the others?   In order to get an...

5 Keys to the New Orleans Saints' 2015 Season

By John La Fleur, 1 year 4 months ago
New Orleans Saints training camp is in full swing at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Va. For head coach Sean Payton and his charges, the task at hand is putting last season’s 7-9 disappointing showing in the rear-view mirror and focusing on getting back to the playoffs. Related: New Orleans Saints 2015 Team Preview and Prediction With that goal in mind, here are...

Answering the NFC South's Biggest Questions in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 year 4 months ago
NFL training camps are opening up all across the nation, signaling the official return of pro football. Athlon Sports is going division by division, asking and (trying to) answering the biggest question for every team in the league entering the 2015 season. AFC's Biggest Questions: East | North | South | WestNFC's Biggest Questions: East | North | South | West...

Examining the Over/Under 2015 Win Totals for the NFC South

By Matt Josephs, 1 year 4 months ago
The NFC South was absolutely awful last year with every team posting a record below .500. Almost every team in the division shuttled players in and out to prevent that from happening again in 2015. The biggest question is who is going to take the crown and by how much. Much like I did with the college football win totals, I will break down the schedules in terms of home and road opponents...

Burning Questions as the New Orleans Saints Enter Training Camp

By Josh Hamburger, 1 year 4 months ago
The fact that the Saints missed the playoffs by less than a game, while sporting a losing record, is simply unbelievable. But that shows how up in the air the NFC South is, and how minor improvements can have drastically positive consequences. They ranked first in total offense and in the top 10 in points, but ranked near the bottom in total yards and points allowed. The offense should continue...

2015 NFL Training Camp Dates and Locations

By Mark Ross, 1 year 4 months ago
The New England Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions and won't officially open defense of their title until Sept. 10 when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers to kick off the 2015 NFL regular season. However, the real work for Bill Belichick's team begins July 23 when rookies report to training camp in Foxborough, Mass.   Baltimore, Cleveland and New Orleans get...

New Orleans Saints 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 5 months ago
As long as Drew Brees is the quarterback, the Saints will always have a shot to win the NFC South and make the playoffs. But rivals have passed the Saints in other areas, and it all caught up to them in 2014. Team officials realized they couldn’t continue to rely on Brees to simply outscore opponents with his dazzling passing skills. So they conducted an eyebrow-raising roster overhaul in...