New Orleans Saints 2013 Schedule: Predicting the Wins and Losses
At New York Jets (Nov. 3): The Saints lead the series 6-5 after capturing the last two games.
The Saints' defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, is the twin brother of Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
The two have also met before when the Jets and Cowboys met a few years ago. I love this match-up and will curious how the two defensive coaches will plot for the game.
Vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 10): Speaking of Dallas. Although the Cowboys lead the all-time series 15-10, the Saints have won seven of the last eight meetings.
The Cowboys gave Tony Romo a new contract to win and win now. The Cowboys will need to prove they have a strong running game and a better defense to stop what could be a very powerful offense and maybe the most powerful in the NFL.
Vs. San Francisco 49ers (Nov. 17): These two old NFC West rivals will meet for the 73rd time in the regular season. The 49ers are the defending NFC Conference Champions and spent the offseason getting better. You figure both of these teams will be in the thick of the conference race when they meet and the victory could put the team in the driver seat for home field advantage in the playoffs.
At Seattle Seahawks (Dec. 2): The Saints lead the all-time series, 6-5, having won the last two regular season meetings. This will be the second straight regular season prime time meeting between the Saints and Seahawks at Qwest Field. How will the Saints work to stop Russell Wilson? Can the addition of Percy Harvin really be the difference maker in getting the Seahawks to the Super Bowl?
Carolina Panthers (vs. Dec. 8, at Dec. 22): The Panthers lead the series 19-17 after Carolina swept the season series in 2012 for the first time since 2008. The Saints and Panthers will face off twice in the same month for only the second time, the other occasion occurring in October, 2003. It is also possible the Panthers will be much improved and possibly still be the worst team in the NFC South.
At St. Louis Rams (Dec. 15): St. Louis has a 39-31 edge in the all-time regular season series, but the Saints have captured two of the last three regular season meetings. The fact Sam Bradford is back for this team and he appears to be moving back up the charts as a franchise quarterback. The Saints, if they want to win, will need overcome a very stingy Rams’ defense.
This is a schedule that could be very helpful to the Saints’ rebuilding and rebirth. But it could also be a hindrance because so many young teams could be on the way up the later. A record with 11 or 12 wins is not out of the question. But an 8-8 season could also be on the horizon as well.