|2014 New Orleans Saints season|
|Head coach||Sean Payton|
|General manager||Mickey Loomis|
|Home field||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|Division place||2nd NFC South|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||Drew Brees (QB)|
Jahri Evans (G)
Jimmy Graham (TE)
Mark Ingram (RB)
|1||20||Brandin Cooks||Wide receiver||Oregon State|
|3||None -- see draft trades below|
|4||126||Khairi Fortt||Inside linebacker||California|
|5||169||Ronald Powell||Outside linebacker||Florida|
|6||202||Tavon Rooks||Offensive tackle||Kansas State|
|7||None -- see draft trades below|
In March 2014, the Saints announced an agreement with The Greenbrier resort to hold the team's training camp at the hotel, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for three years beginning with 2014. The hotel has committed to build three football fields and other facilities for the Saints, at an estimated cost of $20-25 million, adjacent to its sports medicine facilities. The project will be partially subsidized by tax breaks recently approved by the state legislature. The relationship between the hotel and the Saints reportedly grew out of a visit by Saints head coach Sean Payton to the 2013 Greenbrier Classic golf tournament to play in its pro-am competition and then to serve as caddie for his friend, PGA Tour golfer Ryan Palmer.
|1||August 8||at St. Louis Rams||W 26-24||1-0||Edward Jones Dome||Recap|
|2||August 15||Tennessee Titans||W 31-24||2-0||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|3||August 23||at Indianapolis Colts||W 23-17||3-0||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|4||August 28||Baltimore Ravens||L 13-22||3-1||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|1||September 7||at Atlanta Falcons||L 34-37 (OT)||0-1||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|2||September 14||at Cleveland Browns||L 24-26||0-2||FirstEnergy Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 21||Minnesota Vikings||W 20-9||1-2||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|4||September 28||at Dallas Cowboys||L 17-38||1-3||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 37-31 (OT)||2-3||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|7||October 19||at Detroit Lions||L 23-24||2-4||Ford Field||Recap|
|8||October 26||Green Bay Packers||W 44-23||3-4||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|9||October 30||at Carolina Panthers||W 28-10||4-4||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|10||November 9||San Francisco 49ers||L 24-27 (OT)||4-5||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|11||November 16||Cincinnati Bengals||L 10-27||4-6||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|12||November 24||Baltimore Ravens||L 27-34||4-7||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|13||November 30||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 35-32||5-7||Heinz Field||Recap|
|14||December 7||Carolina Panthers||L 10-41||5-8||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|15||December 15||at Chicago Bears||W 31-15||6-8||Soldier Field||Recap|
|16||December 21||Atlanta Falcons||L 14-30||6-9||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|17||December 28||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 23-20||7-9||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
This was the Browns' first home opener win since 2004, and also marked Johnny Manziel's NFL debut. The defense, primarily by rotating DB's Tashaun Gipson, Buster Skrine, rookie Justin Gilbert and Joe Haden, were able to neutralize TE Jimmy Graham and QB Drew Brees for almost the entire first half. Rookie Terrence West, who had 2500+ all-purpose yards at Division II-school Towson Univ., ran for almost 70 yards and one touchdown. Billy Cundiff hit the game-winning FG as time expired.
After initially stating that Adrian Peterson would return to the active roster for their Week 3 game at New Orleans, the Vikings later placed the running back on the inactive list indefinitely, pending the outcome of the court case against him. Despite coming into the game at 0-2, the Saints started well, scoring two touchdowns on their first two drives, although DE Everson Griffen was able to block the extra point attempt on the second. The Vikings responded to going 13-0 down with two field goals from 25 and 30 yards respectively, but an injury to Matt Cassel meant a debut for rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater.
This would be only the third game in NFL history to not have a single punt.
With 5 seconds left in regulation, Drew Brees passed a potential game winning pass to Jimmy Graham until he was flagged with offensive interference, which sent the game into overtime where San Francisco won with a field goal after recovering a fumble by Brees. With the loss, the Saints dropped their record to 4-5.
This would snap an 11-game winning streak for Saints when playing at home.
|2[a]||Green Bay Packers||North||12||4||0||.750||5-1||9-3||.482||.440||W2|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|8||San Francisco 49ers||West||8||8||0||.500||2-4||7-5||.527||.508||W1|
|9[c]||New Orleans Saints||South||7||9||0||.438||3-3||6-6||.486||.415||W1|
|11[d]||New York Giants||East||6||10||0||.375||2-4||4-8||.512||.323||L1|
|13[d]||St. Louis Rams||West||6||10||0||.375||2-4||4-8||.531||.427||L3|
|16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||2||14||0||.125||0-6||1-11||.486||.469||L6|