Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints Betting Predictions

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Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints Betting Predictions

The Las Vegas Raiders went on the road to win in Week 1 and now open their Las Vegas residency with an exciting Monday Night Football matchup with the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans was able to defeat Tampa Bay at home to open its season, but now likely will be traveling without leading receiver Michael Thomas. Even without their top wideout, the Saints should be able to get the job done on the road against an excited and confident Raiders squad.

Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints Betting Odds

Las Vegas went to Carolina to earn that season-opening victory behind three rushing touchdowns from Josh Jacobs. Derek Carr was efficient in the passing game and the Raiders scored on six of their nine drives. What gets lost in the victory is that Carolina scored on six of its 10 drives in the game, and Christian McCaffrey and Teddy Bridgewater had equally effective games for the Panthers. That could pose some trouble for the Raiders with Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara coming to town because both of those players can replicate to some extent what the Panthers were able to do so well against Las Vegas.

New Orleans’ offense was really limited against Tampa Bay, racking up only 271 yards, including 160 from Brees through the air. Brees still threw two touchdowns and Kamara ran for one, but the Saints just weren’t the explosive bunch we expected them to be to start off the season. Now New Orleans will likely be shorthanded with the news that wide receiver Michael Thomas will probably miss the game with an ankle sprain. That will put more pressure on Emmanuel Sanders and the other Saints receivers to step up and help get Brees and the offense back on track. Defensively, the Saints were solid in holding the Buccaneers to 310 yards and scoring a touchdown on a pick six.

There are plenty of hot takes in this round of NFL betting predictions because I’m not sure the Saints can provide the offensive punch most are expecting. The New Jersey online sports betting sites have the total points of the game listed at 50.5, but I think we’re going to see far fewer in this one. The Saints are much improved defensively and should present a stiffer challenge than Carolina, but New Orleans also might not be as dynamic as the Panthers were. I’m going as far as to bet the under on 43.5 points at +210 odds because I’m not convinced in either offense being able to score more than 20 points in this game. As a result, I’m also skeptical about the Saints being six-point favorites, but it is the fairest price for the sportsbooks with the hope that New Orleans can find that offensive spark.

New Orleans Saints to win

The fact Thomas likely won’t play makes the six-point spread more palatable than if the Saints were going to be at full strength. I still expect Brees will be able to replicate what Bridgewater did for Carolina, but it will look quite different with New Orleans more focused on the short and intermediate passing game. Alvin Kamara can provide that same shifty punch that McCaffrey provided for the Panthers, and make life difficult for the Raiders’ front seven. Ultimately, this game feels like it will be close, but I’m still going with the Saints laying six points at -110 odds at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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