By Jimmy Reilly
The toughest thing to do in the NFL is to win back to back Super Bowls especially with the NFL being as balanced as it ever has been. The New Orleans Saints won the 2010 Super Bowl by playing balanced football as a team, making big plays, staying a healthy at the right time and a little Cajun luck so before making your NFL Picks to win the 2011 Super bowl, find out if the Saints can repeat.
The Saints come into the 2010-11 season equipped with all the tools to win it all again. It starts with the best passing offense in the league lead by Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees who has thrown for at least 4000 yards in five consecutive seasons and a plethora of explosive receivers in Marques Colston, Jermey Shockey, Robert Meachem and Reggie Bush.
To compliment their passing offense, the Saints also bring a balanced run attack to the table which makes them almost impossible to stop. They lost running back Mike Bell as he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles but they will have Pierre Thomas who was their #1 back last season amongst a backfield that saw 3 running backs get over 70 carries in 2009-10 seasons. This offense will once again create problems for NFL defenses especially behind the genius mind of head coach Sean Peyton who calls the plays and lead the league in total offense yards three out of the four years with the Saints.
The weakness of the Saints last year was definitely their defense although they made up all the yards they gave up by making big plays consistently throughout the season. The defense did improve under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Darren Sharper's big plays to bring a Saint team that was 22nd in the turnover the previous year to 3rd last season. The Saints pass defense was ranked 26th against the pass and 21st against the run but with the new addition of Alex Brown who came from the Chicago Bears and the draft pick of 309 pound Al Woods, the betting odds are safe to say they will be a much better defense this season.
Momentum and health means everything when contending for a Super Bowl and the Saints will have to deal with some adversity early in the season. Their defensive captain Darren Sharper will miss a few games due to a micro fracture knee surgery and coming off their first Super Bowl in franchise history will create a team hangover. Our expert NFL predictions project the Saints to win the NFC South but winning the 2011 Super Bowl will be a long shot as the NFL betting odds have the Saints at +1000 to win it all.
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