NFL Odds – Can the Saints Repeat?

Can the New Orleans Saints buck the NFL odds and repeat as Super Bowl champs? Winning back-to-back Super Bowls is very difficult to do as of the past 15 Super Bowl champs, only two have repeated.

New Orleans is +670 in NFL lines at the Sbg global sportsbook to win Super Bowl XLV.

Not only is it difficult to repeat as a Super Bowl champion, it is tough just to have success the following season.  So many times in recent seasons, last year’s Super Bowl champ has struggled. So the question to answer for the 2010 season is whether or not the Saints can repeat? Let’s look at the case on both sides of the argument.

Yes, the Saints Will Repeat – The Saints are not your normal Super Bowl champion. They still don’t have the marquee reputation of a Dallas, New England, Pittsburgh or Indianapolis. They are not even the favorites in NFL odds to repeat. That honor goes to the Colts who the Saints beat in the Super Bowl.  The Saints do not have a big head and the public is not in love with them.  Another thing that helps the Saints is that they didn’t lose anyone in the off-season. The offense is loaded led by Drew Brees who is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Pierre Thomas may be the most underrated running back in the league and the Saints have a stable of receivers who are excellent.  New Orleans is extremely well coached with Sean Payton and he already seems to have his team over last year’s Super Bowl win. Some teams take all year to forget about winning the Super Bowl but that doesn’t seem to be an issue in New Orleans. The Saints are loaded with talent and will win it all again.

No, the Saints Won’t Repeat – History is against the Saints overall and in their own division. There has yet to be a back-to-back winner in the NFC South. The Saints have to get past a very talented Atlanta team that looks poised for a big year. The schedule is also more favorable to Atlanta than it is to New Orleans. The Falcons play their toughest games at home while the Saints play their toughest games on the road. The Saints will be without Darren Sharper for the first six games and the reason the Saints won a lot of games last season was turnovers and Sharper was their key player on defense.  With the schedule against them in NFL lines and without their best defensive player, the Saints won’t repeat.