After enjoying a bye week, the New Orleans Saints are back in action this week as they take on the Seattle Seahawks. The game is being played on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, and this will be New Orleans’ first prime-time game of the season (ESPN, 8:15 p.m. ET).
On the other side, this game marks Seattle’s second consecutive prime-time game. The Seahawks (2-4 SU, 3-3 ATS) lost an overtime battle against the Steelers on NBC’s Sunday Night Football last weekend.
Saints-Seahawks Preview And Odds
This game presents an interesting dynamic. The Saints (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) are well-rested after their bye week, and have had an extra week to prepare. Since Sean Payton took over as head coach in 2006, New Orleans owns a 9-6 record following a bye. However, they are 2-4 off a bye in road games, and Payton was not on the sidelines for one of those two road wins. A 2012 win at Tampa Bay came during the season in which Payton was suspended. The lone post-bye road win with Payton coaching came during the 2018 season with a 24-23 victory at Baltimore.
It is no secret that consistency has been an issue for the Saints this season. Their three wins are all by double digits, while their two losses consisted of a fourth-quarter collapse against the Giants and a 26-7 beatdown at the hands of the Panthers.
Seattle is not an easy place to play, and it will be interesting to see which Saints team shows up.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, are coming off a tough loss on the road and are playing with a backup quarterback.
With eight-time Pro Bowl QB Russell Wilson sidelined with an injury, Seattle is trying to stay afloat with Geno Smith at the helm of the offense. Smith came on in relief of Wilson in Week 5 against the Rams. He completed 10-of-17 passes for 131 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 26-17 loss.
He followed that with a respectable performance in his first start of the year last week against a tough Pittsburgh defense. Trailing 14-0 at halftime, Smith led a Seattle comeback that took the game to overtime. He completed 23 of his 32 passes for 209 yards along with one touchdown. His fumble in overtime, however, led to Pittsburgh’s game-winning 37-yard field goal off the foot of Chris Boswell.
Oddsmakers are favoring the Saints in this matchup. That is not surprising given the circumstances, as Wilson’s absence is a huge loss for the home team.
The chart below shows the odds available at notable sportsbooks, current as of Wednesday afternoon.
|DraftKings||-4.5 (-110)||+4.5 (-110)||43 (OV -115, UN -105)|
|FanDuel||-5.5 (-105)||+5.5 (-115)||43.5 (OV -110, UN -110)|
|PointsBet||-5 (-105)||+5 (-115)||43.5 (OV -105, UN -115)|
|Caesars||-5 (-110)||+5 (-110)||43.5 (OV -110, UN -110)|
Who Is The Public Backing?
The public is much more one-sided when it comes to the total. The UNDER has 58% of bets and 82% of the handle as of Wednesday afternoon.
- The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these teams
- The Saints are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings against the Seahawks
- The UNDER cashed in New Orleans’ first three games, but the OVER has cashed in its last two games
- The UNDER has cashed in four straight games for the Seahawks
As always, shop around at the various sportsbooks to see what plays you like best.