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Saints Patriots Betting Predictions – Pats Down Saints In Preseason Opener

Posted by Stan Simmons on 8/2/2012 6:57:54 PM

Online betting players are getting ready for the NFL wagering season, which means the preseason is around the corner and New England will host New Orleans in their opener, although the Saints will have already played a game by then. The Saints have gone through a lot in the offseason, and it’ll continue to take its toll through the first week of the preseason.

What: NFL Betting
When: Thursday, August 9th, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Pick: New England Patriots

Why Bet On New Orleans Saints

Where to start with the Saints….to say it has been an interesting offseason in New Orleans would be the understatement of the year. It started with “Bountygate”, which ended up costing the Saints head coach Sean Payton for a year, while defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was also suspended for the season, although he was on his way to St. Louis anyway. Joe Vitt will coach the team through the preseason and in games 7-16 on the regular-season slate, but he is also suspended for the first six regular-season games. Not to mention, linebacker Jonathan Vilma leads a list of players that will probably be suspended. Then there was the Drew Brees contract saga in which he threatened to hold out and ended up getting a $100 million deal, including an NFL-record $60 million in guaranteed money. Without Brees, the Saints would have been similar to Indianapolis without Peyton Manning last season.

You probably won’t see a lot of Brees in this game as the Saints will try to keep him in bubblewrap throughout the preseason, so it’ll be Chase Daniel time, although Luke McCown and Sean Canfield will also get a look. The Saints don’t have any big-name rookies to bleed into the squad as they traded their first-round pick to New England, and then forfeited their second-round pick because of the bounty scandal. This game will be important for the Saints as they’ll just be able to focus on football after an offseason of anything but football talk; now they can start to move past this.

Why Bet On New England Patriots

The Patriots ended up with two first-round picks in the draft thanks to their trade with New Orleans, which was actually facilitated through Cincinnati in the Chad Johnson deal (Johnson has since been released and signed by Miami), and they picked up a very intriguing player in Dont’a Hightower and along with Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes, the Patriots could have a potentially destructive linebacking core. Hightower should get a little time in during this game as he has to get used to New England’s complex defensive schemes.

New England also picked up Brandon Lloyd and Visanthe Shiancoe during the offseason to give Tom Brady even more weapons as the Patriots look to get back to the Super Bowl after losing to the New York Giants for the second time in four seasons. However, you won’t see much of the Patriots’ new offensive players, nor will you see much of Brady, so get ready for Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett, who didn’t see any work in his rookie season, but he could be ready to challenge Hoyer for the right to back up Brady. Many NFL betting players and experts have been saying that, so far in camps, Mallett has looked like the quarterback that lit up defenses at Arkansas and he’ll get every chance to overtake Hoyer, who has backed up Brady for three seasons and has shopped himself around the league to see if he can get more playing time.

How It Will Play Out

NFL betting odds should have the Patriots favored at home in this contest for a couple of reasons. For starters, the Patriots have more depth than the Saints and their backup pivots are much better than anything that New Orleans can trot out and in the NFL, no matter what, quarterback is always going to have a major factor on the game, any game at all. Second, The Saints play in the Hall of Fame game against Arizona four days prior to this game, so they could have a little fatigue and it should force them into playing more guys against the Patriots, which will hurt their rhythm even more.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Saints didn’t win a game in the postseason as they have a lot of distractions to deal with, but they’re just aiming to get to the regular season anyway. Lay a sports betting pick on the Patriots here.

Saints Patriots Betting Pick: New England Patriots



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