2021 Season Preview: New Orleans fans accustomed to watching Drew Brees drill passes all over the field will have to get used to watching Jameis Winston (or someone else) guide the offense in 2021, since Brees hung up his pads and retired. Alvin Kamara will shoulder more of the load, which could mean a 100-catch, 1,000-yard rushing season—or lots of time on the injured list. One thing that won’t change for the Saints is its attacking defense, which should be one of the best in the NFL again this year.
2020 Season Roundup: The Saints edged the Buccaneers for the NFC South title, but lost to Tampa Bay in the playoffs in a battle between future Hall of Famers Drew Brees and Tom Brady. New Orleans had won their two regular-season meetings. At age 41, Brees was good when he was healthy, but missed four games due to injury. Alvin Kamara was the difference-maker for the offense, with an NFL-best 21 touchdowns as a runner and receiver. The Saints defense was one of the best in the league, with great years from Cameron Jordan, Marshon Lattimore, Trey Hendrickson, and Demario Davis.
December 25, 2020: Alvin Kamara ran for six touchdowns in a 52–33 victory over the Vikings. The six rushing TDs tied a record set by Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers in 1929.
October 25, 2020: Drew Brees completed the 7,000th pass of his career. He is the first player in history with that many completions.
2020 Season Preview: Bad luck in the playoffs has ended Super Bowl runs three years in a row, but the Saints have a good chance of making it back to the big game in 2020. Drew Brees is still a top quarterback, and the New Orleans defense looks fantastic heading into the season. The Saints should put a lot of points on the board thanks to Alvin Kamara, their exciting pass-catching running back, and Michael Thomas, their record-breaking wide receiver.
2019 Season Roundup: Drew Brees missed five games for the Saints with a thumb injury but they barely skipped a beat, finishing the year 13–3. Brees still turned in a Pro Bowl season, but for the third year in a row New Orleans lost a heartbreaker in the playoffs—this time to the Vikings in overtime. Alvin Kamara was sensational as a do-it-all running back, while Michael Thomas led the league with 149 catches and 1,725 receiving yards. Thomas’s 149 receptions set a new NFL record, breaking a mark that had stood for 17 years. He was also named Offensive Player of the Year.
December 22, 2019: Michael Thomas broke Marvin Harrison’s NFL record for receptions when he caught his 144th pass of the season against the Titans.
December 16, 2019: Drew Brees set a new NFL career record for touchdown passes with his 540th in a win over the Colts.
October 27, 2019: Drew Brees became the first quarterback to throw for more than 75,000 yards in his career.
2019 Season Preview: Can the Saints make another run at the Super Bowl after two heartbreaking playoff losses? Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray, Michael Thomas, and Jared Cook give New Orleans championship-caliber stars at key positions on offense. The defense has some big question marks, especially when it comes to stopping the pass.
2018 Season Roundup: The Saints finished 13–3 and had a nine-game winning streak between Week 2 and Week 12. Drew Brees was fantastic as usual, along with the unstoppable backfield duo of Mark Ingram II and Alvin Kamara. Receiver Michael Thomas led the NFL with 125 catches. The New Orleans defense, sparked by rookie Marshon Lattimore, made big plays when it had to. The Saints made it to the NFC Championship game against the Rams, but lost in overtime. A poor decision by an official near the end of regulation probably cost Brees a chance to play in his second Super Bowl.
2018 Season Preview: Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara is only going to get better in 2018, quarterback Drew Brees looks 10 years younger than his 39 years, and the New Orleans O-line is as good as any in football. That translates into an offense that can score from anywhere on the field. The defense has shown it can rise to the occasion against the league’s best receivers, and is solid against in the run. The Saints should be right there in December challenging for the NFC South crown.
2017 Season Roundup: The Saints blended veteran stars and exciting newcomers to win the NFC South with an 11–5 record. Drew Brees threw for 4,334 yards, Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara ran for 1,852 yards and caught 139 passes and were both picked for the Pro Bowl. Lineman Cameron Jordan led a defense that also starred rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The Saints nearly reached the NFC championship game, but lost to the Vikings on a last-second play.
December 24, 2017: During a win over the Falcons, Drew Brees became the third quarterback in history to pass for more than 70,000 yards. He joined Brett Favre and Peyton Manning in the “70,000 Club.” In the same game, Brees set a new record with his 12th season in a row with more than 4,000 passing yards.
October 12, 2017: Drew Brees threw the 500th touchdown pass of his career in a win over the Green Bay Packers. He is just the 4th NFL player with 500 TD passes.
2017 Season Preview: The Saints’ offense should be fun to watch in 2017, with Drew Brees passing and a running attack that features Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram. The defense has a couple of playmakers, but mostly players who need to show they can make plays. If the D comes together, New Orleans could easily put together a winning season.
2016 Season Roundup: The Saints set a record in 2016, but not one the fans like to boast about. They became the first NFL club to go 7–9 three years in a row. Seven of those losses were games they could have won with a big play and a little luck in the 4th quarter. Drew Brees had another sensational season with over 5,000 passing yards and 37 touchdowns. But the defense gave up 454 points, and it’s hard to win games when you’re always playing catch-up.
2016 Season Preview: Forget about the New Orleans offense—it’s excellent thanks to Drew Brees and a talented group of runners and receivers. The defense has to step up in 2016 for the Saints to return to the playoffs. The secondary has great potential, with Delvin Breaux, Kenny Vacarro and Jarius Byrd. Closer to the line is where the improvement must come from. The rebuilding starts with Cameron Jordan and rookie Sheldon Rankins.
January 3, 2016: Drew Brees became the first quarterback in history to throw for 4,500 yards six years in a row.
December 6, 2015: Stephone Anthony became the first player ever to return a blocked extra-point kick for a two-point score.
November 1, 2015: Drew Brees passed for 7 touchdowns in a wild 52–49 win over the Giants. Eli Manning threw 6 TD passes for New York. Their 13 total scoring passes broke a record that had lasted since 1969. The 101 points was the third-highest total in NFL history.
2015 Season Preview: Age and injuries may finally be catching up with Drew Brees. One of his favorite receivers, Jimmy Graham, left as a free agent. The New Orleans offense is still above-average, however, so a lot will depend on the defense, which should be better against the pass this year.
December 28, 2014: Drew Brees tied with Ben Roethlisberger of the league lead in passing yards. Brees also joined Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Dan Marino as the only QBs to lead the league 5 times.
September 1, 2014: No team in the NFC has better balance or talent than New Orleans. Drew Brees has new receivers to work with, and many believe this will be the breakout year for running back Mark Ingram. A defense geared toward stopping the pass is another strength of the Saints.
October 6, 2013: Jimmy Graham tied an NFL record for tight ends with his fourth 100-yard receiving day in a row. It was the second time in his career that Graham had four consecutive 100-yard games.
September 4, 2013: The return of coach Sean Payton should have a positive effect on an already-good offense. Drew Brees is one of the game’s best quarterbacks and Jimmy Graham has become an elite tight end. The defense has nowhere to go but up. It allowed more than 7,000 yards in 2012—more than any team in history. Linebacker Victor Butler—an unknown backup for the Cowboys—is one of the newcomers the Saints are hoping will make a difference.
February 2, 2013: Without their head coach—who was suspended by the league for a year—the Saints defense crumbled. New Orleans became the first team in history to give up more than 7,000 yards in a season. Even so, the powerful offense kept them in the playoff hunt until mid-December. They finished 7–9.
Summer, 2012: The Saints have the NFL’s hottest quarterback in Drew Brees. However, they are missing their head coach, Sean Payton, who is a genius at calling plays. Can the offense put up numbers in 2012 like it did last year?