NFL Wagering – Cardinals at Saints Sports Betting

January 16th, 2010 by Leave a comment Go to comments

For most of the 2009 NFL season the consensus among most sports betting fans was that the New Orleans Saints were the best team in the NFL odds. After reeling off 13 straight wins to start the season it was hard to argue that logic. Even after resting starters in the final weeks of the season the Saints finished well rested and a with an NFC best 13-2 record.

Yet no other team enters the playoff betting lines competition in a bigger slump (3 losses in a row) than New Orleans. If the Saints are to end their losing streak at three they will need to score a lot of points. Fortunately, that’s something this team is very good at doing. They’re best in the league actually, averaging an NFL best 21.9 ppg.

QB Drew Brees is among one of the top three QBs in the league and after several weeks to rest will be as well prepared as anyone in NFL wagering. He’ll be facing the a Cardinals defense that gives up 233.7 yards a game in the air (10th worst in the NFL) and just gave up 45 points a week ago. He’s got to licking his chops as such a prospect. On the ground the Saints are averaging 131.6 yards a game and the team does a masterful job of mixing up the play calling.

The Saints biggest challenge will be limiting Kurt Warner and the Card’s offense. Frankly, Arizona’s offense is better than banged up Saints defense. The secondary will not be able to stop the Cards impressive receivers but it must come up with some turnovers. Darren Sharper will have to add to his league best 9 INTs if the Saints are to win. New Orleans is favored by 7 points but this game is hardly a gimme.

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