Seven wins. Nine losses.
It’s a losing record New Orleans Saints fans have become all too familiar with over the past few seasons. Four seasons to be exact – since the Black & Gold won the Super Bowl during the 2009 season.
Coincidentally, it’s also the all-time win-loss record of the Saints in the playoffs.
But the Saints are hoping to break through the losing streak, and the offseason additions may be just what’s needed to help get them back on track.
The biggest, most-hyped move of the offseason came in April when New Orleans signed one of the greatest running backs of all-time to its roster – Adrian Peterson. Coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season, the 10-year veteran is looking to rekindle the spark that has led to such dominating rushing performances throughout his career.
And blocking for Peterson will be one of the best young guards in the NFL. Former Detroit Lion Larry Warford, a 25-year-old veteran who has started 57 games over the past four seasons. He joins an offensive line that features another young, promising player in Andrus Peat and many veterans including Zach Strief.
With injury concerns to other players along the line, though, young players like Ryan Ramcyzk out of Wisconsin may have to step up if they will be successful.
Ramcyzk was a part of a solid 2017 draft class for the Saints. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore, Running Back/Special Teams player Alvin Kamara and Linebacker Alex Anzalone provide depth and talent to positions of need for them.
Add in Wide Receiver Ted Ginn, Linebackers Manti Te’o and A.J. Klein, and Defensive End Alex Okafor, and the Saints will have some interesting and exciting new faces to go along with your favorites – Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Michael Thomas, Willie Snead, Cameron Jordan, Delvin Breaux and Kenny Vaccaro.
But will they be what’s needed to get the Saints back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season? We’ll find out soon enough.
Adrian Peterson By The Numbers
Years played in the NFL: 10
Games played: 123
Draft pick: 7th, 1st round (Minnesota, 2007)
All-time rushing yards: 11,747
Number of 1,000-yard seasons: 7 (2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)
Number of 2,000-yard seasons: 1 (2012)
All-time rushing touchdowns: 97
Most touchdowns in a season: 18 (2009)
Best receiving yardage in a season: 436 (2009)
New Orleans Saints Schedule
Sept. 11 @ Vikings
Sept. 17 vs. Patriots
Sept. 24 @ Panthers
Oct. 1 vs. Dolphins
Oct. 15 vs. Lions
Oct. 22 @ Packers
Oct. 29 vs. Bears
Nov. 5 vs. Buccaneers
Nov. 12 @ Bills
Nov. 19 vs. Redskins
Nov. 26 @ Rams
Dec. 3 vs. Panthers
Dec. 7 @ Falcons
Dec. 17 vs. Jets
Dec. 24 vs. Falcons
Dec. 31 @ Buccaneers
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