Saints Vs. Washington Football Team Odds And Betting Preview: QB Matchup Worth Watching

The New Orleans Saints take on the Washington Football Team at FedFex Field on Sunday afternoon (CBS, 1:00 p.m. ET).  The Saints are looking to right the ship after a fourth-quarter letdown against the Giants.  On the other side, Washington is looking to keep things rolling after a 34-30 road victory in Atlanta.

The last meeting between these teams took place on October 8, 2018.  The Saints won in dominating fashion by a score of 43-19.

Both teams enter Sunday’s contest 2-2 SU on the season.  New Orleans is 2-2 ATS, while Washington is 1-3 ATS.

Saints-WFT Betting Lines

The line opened pick ’em in Las Vegas on Sunday night, but it didn’t take long for the number to move in the Saints’ direction. FanDuel hung New Orleans -1.5 and moved to -2.5 on Tuesday. There are still -1.5s with additional juice available for Saints bettors, including at BetRivers.

The chart below shows the odds available at notable sportsbooks, current as of Wednesday afternoon.

 SaintsWFTTotal
DraftKings-2.5 (-110)+2.5 (-110)43.5 (OV -105, UN -115)
FanDuel-2.5 (-110)+2.5 (-110)43.5 (OV -106, UN -114)
PointsBet-2.5 (-110)+2.5 (-110)43.5 (O/U -110)
Caesars-2 (-115)+2 (-105)43.5 (O/U -110)

The best moneyline price available on the Saints is -130 at Caesars.  For Washington, the best moneyline price is at DraftKings at +115.

Winston Vs. Heinicke

Sunday’s game features an interesting quarterback matchup.  Both Jameis Winston and Taylor Heinicke were at a crossroads in their respective careers just a short time ago, but now they find themselves in big roles.

The Winston era in New Orleans is still young, but it’s clear Sean Payton does not want to ask too much of Winston. That has led to short throws and quick decisions for the former No. 1 overall pick.  In turn, Winston’s numbers are more efficient than ever.

Through four games, Winston has completed 64% of his passes for 613 yards with eight touchdowns and just two interceptions.  Payton has a clear approach of conservative play-calling with Winston at the helm.  We could see more of the same in this game, as Washington possesses a powerful pass rush that can get into the backfield in a hurry.  

Heinicke is a former XFL gunslinger for the St. Louis BattleHawks. He found his way to Washington last season and started the wild-card playoff game against the Buccaneers.  There, he completed 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and added a rushing touchdown, in a 31-23 loss.  That performance gained Heinicke some national recognition.

Once Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with an injury in Week 1 this season, Heinicke was named the starter.  He is coming off a 290-yard and three-touchdown performance against the Falcons.  On the year, he has completed 69.5% of his passes for 960 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. In addition, he has rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Heinicke faces a New Orleans passing defense that let Daniel Jones throw for over 400 yards and two touchdowns last week.

With both teams looking to move above the .500-mark, quarterback play will be a key factor in who walks away with a win in this one.

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Who Is The Public Backing?

PointsBet told Louisiana Sharp in an email Wednesday that 74% of bets and 83% of the handle is on New Orleans to cover.

The public is also liking the OVER.  The OVER is taking 72% of bets and 81% of the handle.

The OVER is 3-1 for Washington this season, while the UNDER is 3-1 for New Orleans.

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Betting Trends

  • The OVER has cashed in six straight meetings between New Orleans and Washington going back to 2008
  • Washington is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between these teams
  • The UNDER is 6-1 in New Orleans’ last seven road games going back to last season

As always, shop around at the various sportsbooks to see what plays you like best.

All odds used were available at time of publishing on Wednesday, October 6.

About the Author

Connor Grootenhuis

Connor Grootenhuis is a freelance sportswriter covering all things sports betting.  Based in the Bayou State of Louisiana, he is a lifelong sports fan and a believer that every loss is a bad beat and every win is easy money.