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The New Orleans Saints were founded in 1966, and are beased in New Orleans, Louisiana. The name "Saints" is an allusion to November 1 being All Saints Day in the Catholic faith, New Orleans' large Catholic population, and the spiritual "When the Saints Go Marching In", which is strongly associated with New Orleans and often sung by fans at games. For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were barely competitive, only getting to .500 twice, and only won their first ever playoff game in 1988.

The Saints have finished 7-9 in three consecutive seasons. Saints fans will be praying this run ends this season, that is hopefully for the better. The Black and Gold have only ever reached and won one Super Bowl, back in 2009. That remains the Saints best ever season, and what made it all the more special was that it happened a couple of years after the devastation of hurricane Katrina, which destroyed and flooded large parts of New Orleans. That win meant so much to this city, and hopefully the Saints won't have to wait too long for their next Super Bowl.

Roster

Head Coach: Sean Payton

If this is it, please let us know. If this is the end for Sean Payton and Drew Brees, just let them go. Saints faithful won't be able to endure another 7-9 campaign. The offense has never been the problem. The defense remains the organisation's Achilles' heel. Brees can be spectacular in 2017, but his play is often offset by New Orleans' inability to slow opposing offenses. A slight bump from last year's 27th-ranked defense would be enough to place the Saints back in the playoff race.

OFFENCE

This offence has been sensational for several years, thanks to QB Drew Brees constantly putting up around 5000 yards a year. A feat that most quarterbacks will never achieve in a single season in their career. This offence finished 1st overall in total yards thanks to finishing number 1 in pass yards again. They also finished second in points scored. Sadly this often got overlooked due to them having a n average winning record these last few years. The offence always shows up, but can the defence?

DEFENCE

This group were one of the worst defensive units in the entire league last year. They finished second bottom in both total yards and points allowed. It wasn't pretty and left their number 1 rated offence having to overcome an uphill battle far too often. The team has to get better at defending the pass, so a ton of pressure will be on rookie 1st rounder Marshon Lattimore. The stud cornerback should improve a lackluster secondary, whose only other big name is safety Kenny Vaccaro.

MVP

Drew Brees, QB

What Drew Brees has done for this franchise since arriving from the then San Diego Chargers in 2006 is nothing short of incredible. He has become one of the top 5 passers for over a decade, breaking countless records along the way. At only 6ft, Brees has always been told he's too small to play the position, but boy has he proved people wrong. Because of Brees other shorter QBs are now given a shot to perform in this league.

The 10 times pro bowler and former Super Bowl MVP will surely get inducted into the Hall of Fame whenever he decides to call it a day. At 38 you have to wonder how much longer he'll play, especially if he keeps wasting great offensive displays on a team that can't sort it's defence out. Saints fans will be praying he stays for a while. Life is so 'Breesy' with him around.

Other notable players: RB - Mark Ingram. WR - Michael Thomas. DT - Sheldon Rankings. DE - Cameron Jordan. CB - Marshon Lattimore (R). S - Kenny Vaccaro.

Uniforms

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Mercedes-Benz Superdome

The Superdome was opened in 1975. It gained international attention in 2005 when it housed thousands of people seeking shelter from Hurricane Katrina. The building suffered extensive damage as a result of the storm, and was closed for many months afterward. It was eventually fully refurbished and reopened in time for the Saints' 2006 home opener.

Capacity: 73,208

New Orleans

State: Louisiana

Population: 391,495

New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the "Big Easy", it's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties.

Records

Super Bowls

2009
(XLIV)

Conference Champions

NFC Champions - 1

Division Champions

NFC West- 2

NFC South - 3

Playoff Appearances - 10

All Time Record

(Since end of 2016 Season)

Regular Season

Wins: 338 Losses: 427 Ties: 5

Post Season

Wins: 7 Losses: 9

Total

Wins: 345 Losses: 436 Ties: 5

Hall of Famers - 4

Jim Finks, Admin - Class of 1995

Rickey Jackson, LB - Class of 2010

Willie Roaf, T - Class of 2012

Morten Andersen, K - Class of 2017

DIVISION

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