The betting line has flipped for the New Orleans Saints’ Week 1 game against the Green Bay Packers upon news that Aaron Rodgers has come to terms on a revised contract and reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. Originally priced as the home favorite, the Saints are now short underdogs in their season opener.
With Rodgers maintaining throughout the offseason he wanted out of Green Bay, oddsmakers hedged on the Week 1 point spread. Before news of Rodgers’ relationship with the Packers organization turned positive, several sportsbooks were dealing ‘Saints -3’, a number Ed Salmons, vice president of risk at SuperBook USA, called an “in-between line.” Salmons told Louisiana Sharp earlier this month he anticipated Green Bay would be made the favorite if Rodgers was a go.
|Packers at Saints, Week 1 betting lines||DraftKings||FanDuel|
|Point Spread||Green Bay -2||Green Bay -2.5|
|Moneyline||Green Bay -130, New Orleans +110||Green Bay -142, New Orleans +120|
The game is not up on many odds boards as of this writing.
Saints Have Been Stout Sans Brees
While it may be unsettling to bet the Drew Brees-less Saints catching just a few points against a Rodgers-led Packers team, New Orleans has been just fine without Brees. In fact, they’ve been a stellar bet, going 8-1 straight up and against the spread over the last two seasons with Brees sidelined. Last season, they went 3-1 SU and ATS with Taysom Hill as their starter. In 2019, they went 5-0 SU and ATS behind Teddy Bridgewater.
Jameis Winston, though, is the betting favorite to get the nod in New Orleans this season, as FanDuel opened him at -280 to be the Week 1 starter, with Hill listed at +220 and rookie Ian Book a long +1600.
The likelihood of Winston starting will cause some hesitation among potential Saints backers, what with his 30 interceptions as the Buccaneers QB in 2019.