What will be the Saints record in 2022?
By: Jake Rajala
The New Orleans Saints barely escaped the 2021 season that could resemble the pit from the Dark Knight Rises with eight wins last season. I really expect the loaded Saints team with a healthy Jameis Winston to have at least a winning record next season. Contrary to Adam Rank projecting the Saints to sweep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and still having a mere eight wins, I believe the Winston-led team that may be a 2022 bandwagon team to significantly have more success than a season ago. With that said, I’m going to project the Saints record and untwine the exact number of wins (that should be higher than 8) next season.
Week 1: at Falcons
I believe the Saints team famous for starting 0-1 actually gets the victory against Marcus Mariota (or Desmond Riddler). The Falcons will have a hard time defending the Saints explosive WR unit in my mind. I believe the Saints win 35-17.
Week 2: vs the Buccaneers
I honestly expect the Saints to not be favored in this match-up. Nonetheless, I believe the Saints match up incredibly well and they also have a healthy Winston (who was MIA in their second match-up last season). The Saints will win 28-17 in my opinion.
Week 3: at the Panthers
Let’s be honest – the Saints (and a healthy coaching staff) will win their third straight game against a divisional opponent. I do expect CMAC to really be efficient and help the Panthers TOP – as I also expect the Panthers scrappy, young pass defense to give Winston some issues. I still forsee the Saints winning 24-21.
Week 4: vs the Vikings
I hate to say it, but I believe the Saints lose their first game against the Stefon Diggs-less Vikings. Danielle Hunter should be a monster against Trevor Penning, while I sadly believe Justin Jefferson will make his magic happen. This game should be a shoot-out, but I believe the Vikings win 38-35.
Week 5: vs Seahawks
The Saints will bounce back against Seattle and blow the doors off Pete Carroll’s team in a massive 42-7 victory.
Week 6: vs the Bengals
I actually like the Saints ability to beat the Bengals pass protection without blitzing. I also believe the Saints will be able to attack the Eli Apple-featured Bengals pass defense fairly well. The Saints will win 35-21 in a potential “upset” match-up.
Week 7: at the Cardinals
The Saints should be able to beat the Cardinals team that wasn’t as sexy in the back-end of last season. I believe the Saints will match up well against the Cardinals pass defense, while it may be difficult for Kyler Murray to keep pace with Winston. The Saints will win 28-17.
Week 8: vs the Raiders
The Saints game against the Raiders should very exciting – as both teams are darkhorse Super Bowl contenders in their conference. I honestly believe the Saints are more well-rounded than the Raiders (who have a mediocre secondary) and the Saints will have a big statement win in this match-up by a score of 28-21.
Week 9: vs the Ravens
The Saints may struggle against Lamar Jackson, as the Saints have really had a tough time beating Jalen Hurts. I expect the Saints to lose 28-21 in this match-up.
Week 10: at the Steelers
The Steelers have a hulk in T.J. Watt, but their LB group isn’t exactly sexy. I expect Alvin Kamara to have an impressive game, while the Saints pass rush tees off on Trubisky/Pickett. The Saints win a 21-14 gutsy match-up.
Week 11: vs the Rams
It may seem easy to peg the Saints as a loser against the reigning Super Bowl champions. Yet, I actually believe the Saints will score a lot of points in the dome and Cameron Jordan will show out against the Andrew Whitworth-less OL. After the Rams struggle to run the football, I don’t believe the Matthew Stafford-Cooper Kupp connection (assuming Lattimore can handle Allen Robinson) will drop 30+ points against the Saints at this point in the same. I believe the Saints will win 35-21.
Week 12: at the 49ers
The Saints should be able to handle their business against a young Trey Lance, despite the 49ers playing at home. The Saints will win 24-14 in this Bosa-Jordon blood-bath.
Week 13: at the Buccaneers
It feels iffy to state that the Saints will continue to be hell-bent on beating Brady, but I still expect the Saints defense to keep a chip on their shoulder and Winston to have a nice chance to exploit the Bucs defense. The Saints will win 24-17 in a game that should witness TB12 play with his head on fire.
Week 15: vs the Falcons
The Saints will have another NFC South victory against a rebuilding Falcons team at the dome. The Saints will win 35-14.
Week 16: at the Browns
The Saints will lose this match-up in my opinion. This will be a high-scoring game, but I expect the Browns pass rush to be more potent than the Saints pass rush. The Saints will lose 21-31 in this late-season show-down.
Week 17: at the Eagles
The Saints are the Bucs kryptonite in a way that the Eagles are the Saints Achilles heel. I expect the Saints to lose 28-14 against Hurts and an impressive Eagles front seven.
Week 18: vs the Panthers
The Saints can’t afford to lose this game and they will absolutely have another excellent outcome against a Panthers team that could cut ties with Matt Rhule. The Saints will win 35-14.
Final record: 13-4