Tips For Betting On Saints Raiders – Resilient Saints Look To Claw Way Back To .500 At Oakland Sunday
Suspensions to their head coach, assistant head coach, general manager, and a pair of key defensive players contributed to the New Orleans Saints opening their season with four-straight losses. After winning four of their next five games, the Saints are suddenly thriving on resiliency. New Orleans has overcome an awful start to claw its way back to respectability, and believe they still have an excellent chance to make the postseason. The Saints can take another step in the right direction this Sunday when they travel to play the Oakland Raiders, as a sports betting win would get them back to .500.
New Orleans Saints @ Oakland Raiders
Sunday November 18, 2012 – 4:05 PM ET
O. co Coliseum, Oakland, California
NFL Betting Line: New Orleans Saints – 4.5
The Raiders haven’t done much to slow down opponents in recent weeks, allowing an average of 48.5 points per game in consecutive losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens. Drew Brees has led the Saints second-ranked pass attack with an average of over 300 yards per game, and has completed over 70-percent of his passes with five touchdowns compared to one interception the past two weeks.
NFL Betting Preview: New Orleans Saints
Brees’ lone interception came on a miscommunication with Jimmy Graham on his first pass against Atlanta, but he was near perfect the rest of the way as New Orleans ended the Falcons’ undefeated start to the season. Now the Saints get the Raiders’ 21st-ranked pass defense, and the key will be consistency as they look to avoid a letdown after an emotional win over Atlanta and with San Francisco next up on the schedule. The New Orleans defense has bounced back from a historically bad start to limit the Philadelphia Eagles and Falcons to an average of 20 points in back-to-back wins, and will need to continue to make plays in order to give the offense a chance to get it done.
NFL Betting Preview: Oakland Raiders
After allowing the Muscle Hamster Doug Martin to compile 272 total yards and four touchdowns in week nine, the Oakland defense allowed Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco to torch them for 341 passing yards and three touchdowns, marking the second-consecutive week they have allowed at least 42 points. The Raiders will need to find a way to make more plays against a Saints’ offense that enters this game on fire, and that will be no easy task. Carson Palmer and the Oakland pass attack actually ranks fifth in the NFL with an average 288.9 passing yards per game, but that hasn’t been enough to overcome the team’s defensive struggles.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
It’s easy to forget now how awful the Saints were early on this season, and it should be noted that they are coming off an emotional win over a division rival and face a tough test against the 49ers the following week. However, the Raiders haven’t done anything to inspire fear in their opponents, and will be a tough play until they can figure things out on defense. That won’t happen this online betting week against Brees and the New Orleans offense, which overcomes a tough start to claw its way back to .500.
NFL Betting Pick: New Orleans Saints