Every fan of the National Football League knows that the game, as it is played these days, is quarterback-driven. Simply stated, teams with top quarterbacks have the best chance to succeed and to get invitations to the playoffs.
The Saints have been one of those teams for several years. They have been able to ride the accurate and effective right arm of quarterback Drew Brees to frequent postseason appearances and to one Super Bowl victory.
Brees is now in his mid-30s and while he is still very accurate when passing the ball, the window of opportunity may be starting to close on this squad from “the Big Easy.”
That’s why a solid performance by Drew Brees is essential for any success the Saints hope to have in 2015. He can assure that his team will enjoy a winning season. That becomes even more likely when one considers New Orleans’ Strength of Schedule for the upcoming season.
Remarkably, it is just .425. The collective win percentage of the teams on their schedule was well below.500 in 2014. And this schedule, for one of the better squads in the league, is the fifth weakest of all thirty-two teams.
Professional football pundits have predicted that the team that plays its home games near New Orleans famed “French Quarter” will win at least nine games this season. They may win some of that total when they compete against divisional opponents at home.
That will take place when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 20th, the Atlanta Falcons in a nationally-televised Thursday night game on October 15th and the Carolina Panthers on a Sunday afternoon on the 6th of December.
These same teams will host the Saints during the same 2015 Season. In fact, New Orleans has a date in North Carolina to play the Panthers on September 27th. They will also travel to Tampa Bay on December 13th to challenge the Buccaneers. Their final home-and-home game will take place in Atlanta on January 3rd, the day the regular season ends.
The Saints, despite an “easy” schedule, will face some tough challenges outside their division. They will come when this squad locks horns with the Dallas Cowboys, at home, on October 4th. That is a Sunday night game that will be broadcast all over the country.
The Saints will also play the New York Giants and Detroit Lions at home while they “hit the road” to compete against the Arizona Cardinals, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Indianapolis Colts, the Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans.
With the fifth weakest schedule in all of football, the reliable right arm and leadership skills of Drew Brees and the hunger for victory that permeates the locker room, it seems certain that the 2015 version of the New Orleans Saints will be playing football long after most teams have begun their off-season vacations.
Courtesy of Nola.com