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New Orleans Saints Schedule 2014: Predicting the Outcome of Every Game

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New Orleans Saints Schedule 2014: Predicting the Outcome of Every Game

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The New Orleans Saints have a 2014 schedule that is neither overly hard, nor too easy. Although the team has their fair share of games that will undoubtedly be tough, they also have a handful of games that should go relatively smoothly. That said here are predictions for every New Orleans Saints game in 2014.

Week 1: at Atlanta Falcons (Win)

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Week 1: at Atlanta Falcons (Win)

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Although the Atlanta Falcons are probably in for a rebound season after the debacle that was 2013, the fact is the Falcons simply can't keep up with the Saints' talent level. Matt Ryan is a great quarterback, but with the secondary New Orleans has put together, the Saints could come away with a win just by shutting down Ryan.

Week 2: at Cleveland Browns (Win)

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Week 2: at Cleveland Browns (Win)

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The Cleveland Browns haven't really been good for a long time, and the team didn't really do much this offseason to improve their fortunes for the 2014 season. New Orleans is just the better team in this matchup.

Week 3: Minnesota Vikings (Win)

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Week 3: Minnesota Vikings (Win)

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It's likely that the Minnesota Vikings will enter this matchup with either a rookie or journeyman Matt Cassel starting at quarterback, and against this Saints' defense, that could prove to be an overwhelming weakness. In this matchup, the Saints should come away with a win.

Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys (Win)

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Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys (Win)

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The Dallas Cowboys haven't really been all that good ever since Jason Garrett took over at head coach, and in this matchup against the Saints, the Cowboys are likely to come away with a loss. Dallas is outcoached and outmatched in this one.

Week 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Loss)

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Week 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Loss)

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That's right, the Saints' first loss of the season comes at the hands of the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have added a ton of talent over the last few offseasons, and by the time Week 5 rolls around, Tampa Bay could be on its way to dominating. It will likely be a close one, but I believe Tampa Bay comes away successful.

Week 7: at Detroit Lions (Win)

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Week 7: at Detroit Lions (Win)

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The Detroit Lions' 2013 season was an absolute disaster, and while the team brought in a new head coach in Ken Whisenhunt and added a few solid players in free agency, the Saints' offense is just too much for the Lions' defense to handle.

Week 8: Green Bay Packers (Loss)

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Week 8: Green Bay Packers (Loss)

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Despite adding a ton of talent to the secondary, the Saints' run defense is still a little weaker than the team would like it to be. With Eddie Lacy, the Green Bay Packers have the running back to exploit the Saints' run defense, and it's hard to bet against Aaron Rodgers.

Week 9: at Carolina Panthers (Loss)

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Week 9: at Carolina Panthers (Loss)

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Cam Newton is a monster for any defense to handle, and the Saints' defense is no different, despite the talent they've added. The Carolina Panthers might not have had the offseason they hoped for, however, the talent on the team is still very evident.

Week 10: San Francisco 49ers (Win)

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Week 10: San Francisco 49ers (Win)

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In what promises to be an exciting matchup between the Saints and the San Francisco 49ers, I predict the Saints coming out on top, albeit narrowly.

Week 11: Cincinnati Bengals (Win)

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Week 11: Cincinnati Bengals (Win)

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Personally, I'm not a big fan of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. With the Saints' improved secondary and the inconsistency of Dalton, New Orleans should be the winners in this matchup.

Week 12: Baltimore Ravens (Win)

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Week 12: Baltimore Ravens (Win)

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Although I believe the Baltimore Ravens will improve upon their 2013 season, I don't think that the team will be improved enough to beat the Saints here. In a shootout between Joe Flacco and Drew Brees, I'd take Brees every time.

Week 13: at Pittsburgh Steelers (Win)

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Week 13: at Pittsburgh Steelers (Win)

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The 2014 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers is likely to be one of transition as the team has lost several key contributors this offseason. That said, the Saints should come away with an easy win here.

Week 14: Carolina Panthers (Win)

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Week 14: Carolina Panthers (Win)

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Earlier in this slideshow, I predicted that the Panthers would come away victorious against the Saints in their earlier matchup. This time however, the Saints will be looking for revenge, and it's hard to bet against them.

Week 15: at Chicago Bears (Loss)

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Week 15: at Chicago Bears (Loss)

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Despite their improvements in the secondary, I'm not totally convinced that the team can shut down both Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Throw in Matt Forte and a defense that is sure to be improved, and the Chicago Bears look likely to win this one.

Week 16: Atlanta Falcons (Win)

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Week 16: Atlanta Falcons (Win)

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In their second matchup, the Saints again come away victorious against the Falcons. Drew Brees and the Saints' offense is just too much for the Atlanta defense to contain.

Week 17: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Win)

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Week 17: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Win)

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You can bet that the Saints will be seeking revenge for their early-season loss at the hands of the Buccaneers, and in this Week 17 matchup, the Saints should come away with a win.