New Orleans Saints (home)
Date: Oct. 23
Time: 12 p.m. CST
What has changed: New Orleans did its typical addition of offensive players in the offseason, while pushing itself further into salary cap hell. The Saints signed tight end Coby Fleener away from the Indianapolis Colts and also added some help on defense with tackle Nick Fairley and linebacker Craig Robertson.
The departures were highlighted by wide receiver Marques Colston, who leads the team all-time in almost every receiving category. Colston will be replaced by Brandin Cooks, who has a tremendous ceiling entering his third season. Drew Brees is still at the controls, but the weapons around him are no longer elite.
Should they scare you?: You always have to respect a team with Sean Payton and Brees, btu the Chiefs are clearly a much better team. New Orleans can’t run the ball with consistent effectiveness and the passing game relies heavily on Brees getting the ball deep down the field. The Chiefs are one of the best teams in football at shutting down the big play.
Defensively, the Saints are terrible. Kansas City should be able to move the ball at will both on the ground with Jamaal Charles and through the air with Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin. The offense should enjoy a major day.
Prediction: 31-19, Chiefs
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