NFL Odds & Preview – Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints
You could not have been more dominant than the New Orleans Saints were last week, as they took care of business in no uncertain terms against the Buffalo Bills. So now this is a very dangerous, two-dimensional team that will defend the home turf on Sunday against the Washington Redskins in a game that will begin at 1 PM ET at the Superdome. Fox Network will televise the game on a regional basis, and BetAnySports customers will have the opportunity to place bets even after the opening kickoff, as the use the facilities provided through Live Betting Ultra.
The Saints did some extraordinary things last week as they traveled to Upstate New York – some things that have heretofore not been identified with the team since the arrival of Sean Payton. They actually ran the ball 24 consecutive times during one stretch, going 94 yards on a touchdown drive without throwing a pass. Drew Brees, in fact, did not have a touchdown throw all day long, but the Saints had six rushing touchdowns and did not have to punt, which is the first time that has happened since 1941. Unbelievable. The result was a 47-10 decimation of a Buffalo team that had been playing some pretty good defense to that point.
The Redskins had their problems in the secondary last week, as Case Keenum, the journeyman quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns as Washington lost a 38-30 decision at home. So their situation is a tough one right now, as they have essentially fallen out of the race in the NFC East, with a 4-5 record, which places them for games behind the Philadelphia Eagles. The Saints, after losing the first two games of the season, have triumphed in seven straight and they are the leaders in the NFC South.
In the NFL odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Saints are solid favorites at home:
New Orleans Saints -7.5
Washington Redskins +7.5
Over 52.5 points -110
Under 52.5 points -110
So immediately we have to think about how qualified the Redskins are to handle the Saints’ rushing attack. Well, they have allowed 4.1 yards per carry on the season, which isn’t so bad, but what is likely here is that New Orleans will use their running backs to set up the passing game. Outside of Josh Norman, a Pro Boel-level performer, Washington is a little thin in the defensive backfield, and Brees is likely to have quite a bit of time to throw. In fact, he’s been sacked only eight times in nine games, which indicates phenomenal work on the part of the offensive line. With a 71.7% accuracy rate, there is no doubt of his ability to find receivers.
And one of them has become a great duel-threat performer in his rookie season. Alvin Kamara, out of the University of Tennessee, has caught 43 passes and had over 100 yards on the ground last week against Buffalo. He’s been averaging 6.5 yards per attempt, and former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram also had a huge day, with 131 yards rushing.
BetAnySports patrons have also noticed a remarkable turnaround with the New Orleans defense, which has allowed a grand total of 49 points in the last four games. Buffalo had only ten first downs last week and was held below 200 total yards overall. But this week is a different kind of a challenge, because Kirk Cousins runs the Washington offense with a relatively high degree of precision. Cousins had 327 yards against Minnesota last week, and he’s been handicapped somewhat and that he’s had to break in new receivers, although the tight end options, like Vernon Davis (30 catches, 460 yards) have not been all that bad. Maybe the “X” factor here is Chris Thompson, who leads the Redskins in both rushing and receiving yards, and can break one at any time.
We’re not sure we would lean toward the Saints in this one, but there might be an opportunity in terms of the total, where we would tend to go “over” inasmuch as Washington has played 23 of its last 30 games that way.
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