Can Saints Rebound from 2-2 Start to Make Playoffs?

Can Saints Rebound from 2-2 Start to Make Playoffs?
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

Few NFL teams have been more of an on-field enigma than New Orleans in 2023, with consecutive wins over Tennessee and Carolina offset by back-to-back defeats at the hands of Green Bay and Tampa Bay.

After the latest loss to the Bucs, the Saints playoff odds are still favorable ahead of the Week 5 road clash against 1-3 New England.

This marks the second time in three years the Saints have started 2-2, last doing so in 2021, when New Orleans finished 9-8 and on the wrong end of the playoff bubble. Utilizing Champs or Chumps, looked at how teams ended the season after starting 2-2 since 2012. There have been 110 teams to start 2-2 in the last 10 years.

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Performance Of NFL Teams Starting 2-2

Situation Teams Percentage
Making The Playoffs 44 40.0%
Win Wild Card Round 32 29.1%
Win Divisional Round 14 12.7%
Win Conference Championship 3 2.7%
Win Super Bowl 2 1.8%

The Saints Super Bowl odds are +5000 through four games.

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Playoff Berth Possible Despite Slow Start

It’s been two years since the Saints last finished the year with a positive point differential, last doing so in the 2021 season that began 2-2. New Orleans is currently on a similar trajectory to last year’s team that went 7-10, with the 2023 squad currently at a -14 point differential, while last year’s team had a -15 figure in 17 games.

One thing the Saints have going for them is their weak strength of schedule, with Sharp Football Analysis giving New Orleans the second-weakest slate of any team in the league, behind Atlanta. The schedule includes home games against Jacksonville, Chicago, Detroit, Carolina, the New York Giants and Falcons. The Saints are on the road Sunday at New England, where Louisiana sports betting sites have them as a 1.5-point underdog.  

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Christopher Boan writes for and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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