NFL Betting: The Best Game Of Week Six Can Be Found In New England
The New Orleans Saints are the only remaining unbeaten team in the NFC. The New England Patriots are a foremost contender for the Super Bowl from the AFC. A main-event game awaits.
New Orleans Saints @ New England Patriots – Sunday, October 13
Betting line: Patriots -2.5
Why New Orleans Will Win
When people who frequently try their hand at online betting are confronted by the progression of an NFL season, they will notice which teams round into form and which teams remain stuck in first or second gear. The New Orleans Saints have clearly established themselves as a primary Super Bowl contender, one of the top seven teams in the league. (Denver, New England, Seattle, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and San Francisco are the other six.) Everyone knows how good their offense is and has been over the years, with Drew Brees at quarterback. Brees and his counterpart in this game, Tom Brady, are both so good at making the right read and using a quick release to get the ball to the open man in space, especially on third downs. New Orleans, though, now has the defense to complement its offense. The Saints were lost on the defensive side of the ball in 2013 due to injuries, BountyGate suspensions, and the loss of their normal coaching staff (especially head coach Sean Payton). This year, a return to regular routines and rhythms has fortified the Saints’ defense. There was and is a renewed attitude in the locker room, one that is translating into consistent results and a very physical style of play. New Orleans’ defensive front pushed around Chicago’s offensive line this past Sunday. The Saints took the fight to the Bears in the Windy City and showed that they could win a big game on the road. New Orleans’ only previous road win in 2013 came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so when the Saints beat the Bears, they certainly made it a lot harder for their critics to get at them. This is a proven team, one that is playing better than New England at the moment.
Why New England Will Win
When betting on football, you have to realize that even though some teams go through dips in form, they manage to answer the bell in urgent situations. The New England Patriots looked very bad – not just average, but lousy – on offense this past weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s pretty much unheard of for Tom Brady to not throw a touchdown pass in a game – it had been over 50 games since the well ran dry for him in that regard. The Patriots scored just six points, a feeble outing given the proven ability of Brady to make something out of nothing. There is, however, hope for the Patriots. Rob Gronkowski, the tight end who has made the latter stages of Brady’s career so productive, is expected to be back for this game. That could give the Patriots just the lift they need at the right time. New England isn’t going to play terribly on offense for two straight weeks, anyway, right?
Who Will Win
The Saints are playing better at the moment, but it truly is hard to imagine the Patriots failing to solve the problems that emerged in Cincinnati in week five. It’s very rare for New England to play poorly two weeks in a row. The Patriots normally find solutions. They should win at home.
NFL Betting Pick: Patriots -2.5
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