6 Bold Predictions for New Orleans Saints 2014 Season

New Orleans Saints: 6 Bold Predictions for 2014 Season

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There are certain things that most people know the New Orleans Saints will do. They quite often score a lot of points and win a lot of games. But what else will they do? These are six bold predictions for the Saints' 2014 season.

6. Drew Brees Will Win MVP

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6. Drew Brees Will Win MVP

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Drew Brees is the only quarterback in NFL history to produce multiple 5,000-yard seasons. In fact, of the eight times a quarterback has reached that milestone, four were by Brees. Sure, Peyton Manning has the record, but history says he won’t do it again. Brees will be the best quarterback this year and his team’s success will earn him MVP honors.

5. Jimmy Graham Will Lead NFL in Receiving TDs

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5. Jimmy Graham Will Lead NFL in Receiving TDs

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Last season, Jimmy Graham was not only the best tight end, but might have been the best receiver overall. Brees’ 39 touchdowns were the lowest of his last three years. Expect that number to go back up, giving the six-foot-seven target even more opportunities to find the end zone.

4. Defense Will Lead NFL in Sacks

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4. Defense Will Lead NFL in Sacks

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As Rob Ryan leaves more fingerprints on this defense and the players get more accustomed to the 3-4, expect the quarterback pressure to go up. With a strengthened secondary, Ryan will be able to utilize more blitz packages than ever before. Last season, the team had 49 sacks, up 19 from 2012. As the ages of the Saints’ young ends and outside linebackers go up, so will their sack totals.

3. Saints Will Earn First-Round Bye

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3. Saints Will Earn First-Round Bye

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Chances are, the Seattle Seahawks will finish the regular season as the top overall seed in the NFC heading into the playoffs. After that, it becomes a two-team race between the Saints and the Green Bay Packers (the probable winner of the NFC North). At the end of the day, the Packers have too many question marks while the Saints simply don’t.

2. 3 Players With 1,000 Yards Receiving

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2. 3 Players With 1,000 Yards Receiving

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Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Kenny Stills are all more than capable of being thousand-yard receivers in the same year. This has only happened six times in NFL history, but after this year, it will be seven. Graham is a no-brainer. Colston has reached 1,000 yards six times, and last year he came up only 57 yards short. As for Stills, who averages 20 yards per catch, he only needs 50 receptions to top 1,000. This will happen.

1. Saints Will Win Super Bowl

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1. Saints Will Win Super Bowl

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With how rare repeats are in the Super Bowl, it’s not realistic to believe the Seahawks will raise the Lombardi Trophy again. All the pieces are in place for the Saints. With Sean Payton leading a top-three offense and Rob Ryan leading a top-five defense, New Orleans will be a force in the NFL. One that will end up on top.

Chris Lehman is a New Orleans Saints Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisBreezy91, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google