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Saints vs Raiders Odds - Saints offense to pick apart Raiders defense

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:16:26 AM
bet on footballThe Saints vs Raiders odds matchup pits one of the most dysfunctional AFC teams against one of the sharpest NFC outfits. Online betting handicappers saw the San Francisco 49ers rack up 275 rushing yards against the Raiders in their last preseason contest. A potent offense like the Saints’ should have no problems finding the end zone as well.

Saints vs Raiders odds: Saints -1.5

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, August 29th – 4:00 PM ET
  • WHERE: McAfee Stadium – Alameda, CA
  • PICK: Saints -1.5

Saints vs Raiders odds maker breakdown: Offense

The Saints offense is a juggernaut and even in the preseason, they have averaged 27.5 points per game. Part of the reason why they’ve had so much success is because they have three quarterbacks in their rotation that have starting experience (Drew Brees, Mark Brunell and Joey Harrington). They also have a very deep receiving corps.

The Raiders offense has looked very different in their two preseason games. In their first outing at home against the Dallas Cowboys, the offense looked very smooth en route to 31 points. In their second game against the 49ers, the Raiders were a wreck. The Raiders have a deep group of running backs so they should be able to run the ball efficiently all game long but the other aspects of their offense are up for speculation.

Betting Edge: Saints

Saints vs Raiders odds maker breakdown: Defense

On defense, NFL betting fans know that the Saints had some work to do in the offseason but their changes appear to be paying off. The Saints have forced six turnovers in their first two preseason games and have looked significantly improved.

Meanwhile, the Raiders are an incoherent unit defensively. They haven’t been able to consistently generate pressure and, as evidenced by the 49ers’ 275 rushing yards, they haven’t been able to stop the run.

Betting Edge: Saints

Saints vs Raiders odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

One thing the Raiders do well is special teams, believe it or not. With Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler, the Raiders have the best kicking game in the NFL. Also, with Johnnie Lee Higgins, the Raiders have one of the best special teams units in the NFL.

Betting Edge: Raiders

Saints vs Raiders odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

The Raiders have a couple of key injuries and middle linebacker Kirk Morrison and wideout Chaz Schilens will be out for this game. For the Saints, they’ll be without left tackle Jammal Brown.

Betting Edge: Even

Saints vs Raiders betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

The Saints are a small favorite in the sportsbook, and while the Raiders should put forth a better effort than they did last week, they still aren’t a match for the Saints.

STAN’S PICK: Saints -1.5

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Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?



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