The New Orleans Saints are back in action this weekend as they travel to New York to take on the Jets (12 p.m. CT, CBS). It’s a matchup between two teams that are spiraling a bit. The Saints (5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS) are riding a 5-game losing streak, while the Jets (3-9 SU, 3-9 ATS) have lost four of their last five contests.
Let’s take a deeper dive into this matchup to see what the best betting option is.
Saints Vs. Jets Betting Odds
Both of these teams have not been great against the spread in recent weeks. In their last five games, both the Saints and Jets have covered the spread just once. New York’s 3-9 record ATS is the worst in the league.
Despite five straight losing efforts from New Orleans, oddsmakers have the Saints as 5.5-point favorites on most notable sportsbooks.
|Saints Spread||Jets Spread||Saints Money Line||Jets Money Line||Total|
|DraftKings||-5.5 (-110)||+5.5 (-110)||-225||+185||42.5 (OV -110, UN -110)|
|FanDuel||-5.5 (-110)||+5.5 (-110)||-240||+198||43 (OV -110, UN -110)|
|PointsBet||-5.5 (-110)||+5.5 (-110)||-250||+200||43 (OV -110, UN -110)|
|Caesars||-5.5 (-110)||+5.5 (-110)||-240||+200||43 (OV -110, UN -110)|
These teams have not met since December 17, 2017, in New Orleans. The Saints walked away with a 31-19 win thanks to a pair of touchdowns from RB Mark Ingram II.
The Saints have not won a game since Jameis Winston went down with an injury against the Buccaneers, and after Trevor Siemian started a few games, Taysom Hill is now the man in charge of the New Orleans offense. Hill brings some versatility to New Orleans’ offensive attack. Unlike Winston and Siemian, Hill can make plays with his legs as well as his arm.
The New Orleans offense didn’t look great last week against Dallas, but perhaps with a start under his belt, Hill will be able to lead the Saints to a better day. The BYU alum tossed four interceptions against the Cowboys, with three of them coming on consecutive fourth-quarter drives. However, he did run for a career-high 101 yards. The good news is that the Saints should not have to worry about keeping up with a high-octane offense like the Cowboys.
The Jets have not been able to sustain much offensive success so far this season. They are putting up 18.1 points per game, which is 26th in the league. Rookie QB Zach Wilson is showing some obvious growing pains, as he has more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (6). On top of that, New York’s top WR Corey Davis will miss the rest of the season after aggravating a core-muscle injury last week.
New Orleans has a very stout rushing defense, and it should be able to limit New York’s rushing attack. That would force Wilson to make plays through the air, and the Saints have to like their chances in that situation.
It also helps that the New York defense is among the worst in the league. The Jets rank dead-last in the NFL in terms of yards per game allowed (396.8) and points per game allowed (30.6). They also rank 29th in passing yards per game allowed (263.4), and 30th in rushing yards per game allowed (133.4). No matter how you slice it, this is a bad Jets defense.
One final component to keep in mind is the head coaching matchup. The Jets’ Robert Saleh is in his first season as an NFL head coach, and things have not gone particularly well. He is working with a young team that has suffered a ton of injuries. On the other side, Sean Payton is now in his 15th season as the Saints head coach. While his team is struggling right now, Payton has a ton of experience that should come in handy against a rookie head coach.
Back the Saints -5.5.
All odds used were available at the time of publishing on Thursday, December 9.