For a long time into the history of the franchise, it was not easy to bet on the New Orleans Saints. They were a joke, a laughingstock, an embarassment of a team, the proverbial free spot on the NFL schedule. From their inception as an NFL expansion franchise in 1967 through the 1986 season, the Saints did not enjoy a single winning campaign. Nine times during that span, they hit double digits in the loss column, including a dreadful 1-15 drought in 1980. On six occasions, they won three games or fewer.
Finally, in the strike-shortened 1987 season, the Saints made the playoffs under the direction of Jim Mora, their ninth head coach. But New Orleans would have to wait until 2000 to see their Saints win the postseason. The Saints reached the NFC Championship Game for the first time in 2006, and three years later, reached football's pinnacle when they beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance.
Best New Orleans Saints Betting Lines
Browse through the New Orleans Saints' best betting lines here. We have the most favorable odds consolidated into this one page so that you can focus most of your energy on betting. Remember to view these lines multiple times if you don't make your bet right away. Game odds change quite frequently in the NFL because they're usually published days in advance.
Check back here to make sure an injury or unexpectedly heavy action on one team or bet hasn't changed the numbers. This ensures you'll never want for the most accurate information, which is imperative to making a successful bet.
Peruse the New Orleans Saints entire regular season schedule. Its function is obvious but also invaluable. By looking back at past scores and the outcomes of previous games, you can spot betting trends that will help you with all future single-game matchups.
Check out the Saints' record against the spread when playing at home. Then see what it is when they travel on the road. Find out whether they are still covering the over consistently enough. Keep tabs on their record against NFC South rivals. Study their record against above average offenses and top notch defenses.
Next, you'll want to move ahead in the schedule and throw these findings at future games. You won't have lines to work with, but you can see what kind of team the Saints are playing (offensive or defensive specialists), where they're playing them (home or away) and craft your bet before the odds are actually released. When they game lines do go live, you'll have no qualms about making a quick and accurate decision at the sportsbook.
What Are The New Orleans Saints Standings
All futures bettors should pay attention to the New Orleans Saints place in the standings, which can be found below. Seeing how the Saints' record stacks up against those of NFC South, NFC or overall NFL juggernauts is a key part of figuring out whether their odds in those departments are worth your money. If their win total holds up in either of those categories, you can basically view them as sound futures investments.
The NFC South is one of the deepest divisions in the NFL and any of the four teams housed within it can and will beat the others on any given week, so looking at trends and tendencies is as essential as studying the respective won-loss records.
If you've already made a futures wager only to find out the Saints are tracking in the completely opposite direction, this look at the standings will at least alert you to your folly, at which point you can regroup and craft a different wager on another team if you please.
How To Win New Orleans Saints Bets
The current era of New Orleans Saints football is definitely the glory days of the franchise. The combination of head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees delivered the team's first playoff bye and NFC Championship Game appearance in 2006 and the first Super Bowl win in franchise history in 2009.
The Saints are known for their explosiveness on offense, so they always are an intriguing over bet on the total. And thanks to shrewd personnel moves, the good times figure to continue. In 2017, the Saints suited up the NFL's offensive (Alvin Kamara) and defensive (Marshon Lattimore) rookies of the year.
The Saints Go Marching In
When it comes to getting started, no NFL team can outdo the Saints. In their inaugural game on Sept. 17, 1967 against the Los Angeles Rams, John Gilliam gathered in the opening kickoff from Bruce Gossett and took it 94 yards all the way to the house for a touchdown, delighting the more than 80,000 who'd jammed into Tulane Stadium. It didn't matter that L.A. eventually won the game 27-13, the Saints had truly come marching in. Imagine the odds that prop bet would have delivered.
The Saints finished their first season just 3-11, but those three wins established an NFL record for an expansion team.
The Saints were involved in another unique NFL record on Nov. 8, 1970, when Saints kicker Tom Dempsey, who was born without toes on his right foot and wore a specially-designed kicking shoe, booted a 63-yard field goal to give the Saints a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions. Dempsey's mark stood for over 43 years.
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