New Orleans Saints by the numbers

The New Orleans Saints are actually pretty predictable. During the Sean Payton era, the black and gold have gone 7-9 in five out of the seven seasons they’ve taken a week one loss.

When they win the first game of the year, they’ve gone on to average more than 10 wins across those five seasons.

Last year was the anomaly, with the Saints losing the first two games of the year before ripping off eight straight wins en route to an 11-5 finish.

New Orleans managed that record despite going 2-3 in one possession games, following a 2016 campaign that saw the Who Dat crew play an absurd 12 games within eight points where they posted a mark of 5-7.

Considering seven out of the last eight games between the Saints and their week one opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have been decided by a touchdown or less, Sunday’s season opener at the Superdome already has playoff implications.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said, “You look at every season and you know that at least half your games are going to come down to the final possession. If you win a majority of those then typically those are the playoff teams, right? And certainly that’s the way it’s been with us around here in our playoff years, so developing that confidence, being able to win those types of games, having that type of poise, in those situations and just knowing what wins football games. Those are all important things, those are things that you have to re-establish with your identity each and every year.”

The Saints and Bucs will kick off at noon from New Orleans on WXXV News 25 on Fox.

Last season, Brees had his highest quarterback rating of the year in week nine against Tampa Bay.

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