The Return of the Black and Gold

Fleur De Lis Data News Weekly Contributor

The Black and Gold are back and the Who Dat fans are excited about what they will do this year on the gridiron. The Saints will have a fresh look this year as they continue to head into the post Sean Payton and Drew Brees era. This year led by new head coach Dennis Allen, who served as defensive coordinator, now he will lead the Saints on the sidelines. Also, Jameis Winston is returning as the starting quarterback. Last season, he was off to a good start before tearing his ACL, and the Saints, along with injuries to Taysom Hill, left them with inconsistencies in the quarterback position. Hopefully, this year the Saints Winston will remain healthy and they can have a great season.

This year the Saints also have added more weapons to their already powerful offense by drafting rookie wide receiver Chris Olave, they also added Jarvis Landry from the Cleveland Browns, and of course All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas is expected to return to the lineup. Of course, questions remain around Alvin Kamara, the sparkplug of the team, and one of the NFL’s great playmakers, but an off-season incident may sideline him for up to six games; this may hamper the offense. This may change some of their offensive play calling, as veteran running back Mark Ingram may get more playing time if Kamara is unable to play in the beginning of the season.

On defense, the Saints continue to be anchored by all pros Cam Jordan, Demario Davis, and Marcus Davenport. Last year they were ranked fourth in the league. This year, they have added all pro safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is coming home to New Orleans to lead a secondary that strengthen an already potent defense.

The Who Dat Nation is as always excited for the possibilities of this year’s team, who last year in convincing fashion knocked off many of the league’s top teams. Many speculate, if it were not for injuries, the Saints had the potential to make a Super Bowl run. This year with a few fresh faces, the Saints may again make a run for the big one. And in 2023, we may see a sea of Black and Gold cheering them on in Arizona where they can bring home the Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans. Either way, the Who Dat Nation is ready for a great season from the Black and Gold.

Pre-Season
Week: 1 at Houston
Week 2: at Green Bay
Week 3: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 1: at Atlanta
Week 2: vs. Tampa Bay
Week 3: at Carolina
Week 4: vs. Minnesota (in London)
Week 5: vs. Seattle
Week 6: vs. Cincinnati
Week 7: at Arizona (TNF)
Week 8: vs. Las Vegas
Week 9: vs. Baltimore (MNF)
Week 10: at Pittsburgh
Week 11: vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 12: at San Francisco
Week 13: at Tampa Bay (MNF)
Week 14: BYE
Week 15: vs. Atlanta (SAT or SUN)
Week 16: at Cleveland (SAT)
Week 17: at Philadelphia

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