New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
Kickoff: Sunday, at 4:25PM Eastern
Line: New England -3 Total: 51
The New Orleans Saints are one of the few teams in the NFL to have an edge over the New England Patriots, against the spread. Against the Patriots, the Saints are 7-1 record, against the spread, since 1983, in 8 matchups. New Orleans has usually given the Pats a tough time on the field. In the 2013 NFL football wagering season, the Saints are 5-0 straight up, and 4-1 against the spread. Yes, to remain undefeated this season, the Saints will have to best Tom Brady and company. But the Saints will be 3 point underdogs at YouWager when they visit New England.
The Saints are enjoying a much better year now that they have head coach Sean Payton back from his suspension. Has Payton made a major difference? The stats sure support this idea. At this point last year, in the 2012 NFL football wagering season, the Saints were 1-4 straight up and 2-3 against the spread, with little hope of ever reaching the playoffs. This season, however, New Orleans is one of the top teams in the league, with a serious lead in the NFC South. The Saints defense has been performing admirably, allowing opponents to only score an average 14.6 points per game. This could spell trouble for the Patriots.
New England’s offense has stumbled a bit in the 2013 season. Last Sunday, online bettors saw the Pats lose for the first time, 13-6 to the Cincinnati Bengals. This game marked the end of Tom Brady’s run of consecutive games with a touchdown pass, at 52 games. Danny Amendola was back on the field last week, and Rob Gronkowski should be back this Sunday as well. No doubt the Patriots are hoping that with these major weapons back in their offense, they can regain some of their former glory with their air attack now. The other side of the ball already looks good. As Internet oddsmakers have pointed out, New England’s defense has been playing very well this season.
A few years ago, this matchup would have signaled a big shootout, with online wagering enthusiasts expecting both teams to put big numbers on the board. But that may not happen. Both teams appear to have strong defenses, and New England’s offense has not been setting the world on fire like they used to. Controlling the pace of the contest will be a major factor, many sportsbook bettors feel.
Sunday’s game will be the first time that these two teams have squared off since 2009. In that game, the Saints won 38-17 at home. This time, the Pats are hosting, and they will be trying to rebound from their recent loss. At YouWager, the Patriots are 3 point favorites. The Total is 51. Game time on Sunday is 4:25PM Eastern.