Online Football Betting Predicting A Rebound for Patriots
Posted by: Charlie Smith
After witnessing the Minnesota Vikings hand the Saints their first online football betting loss of the season, New Orleans fans are aching for a rebound. Unfortunately for them, the Saints are scheduled to face the reigning Super Bowl champions. But the New England Patriots didn’t exactly live up to their expectations in their 2017 debut. In other words, do the Saints stand a chance against New England this Sunday? Let’s take a look at what sports wagering sites have to say about it.
New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints – Sunday, September 17th
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Stream: CBS Sports, NFL Game Pass
Online Football Betting Odds:
New England Patriots -6 ½ (-115) 54 ½ (-110)
New Orleans Saints +6 ½ (-105) 54 ½ (-110)
New England Patriots
The Patriots opened the 2017 season as NFL sportsbooks favorites to win the Super Bowl. However, online bookmakers might be rethinking those odds after the way New England performed in their season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tom Brady is now 40 years old and while many online football betting fans felt that the veteran could maintain his level of play, some signs of weakness have begun to show. Brady finished the day with 267 yards and a below 50% completion percentage. Although Brady didn’t turn the ball over, he was sacked 3 times for 20 yards.
After the dust settled on that contest, a flurry of New England fans took to social media calling for Brady to be benched in favor of Jimmy Garoppolo, who took over at quarterback last season while Brady was suspended. It seems a bit extreme to favor an unproven quarterback over a 5-time Super Bowl champion, but these are Boston fans we’re talking about.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints didn’t kick off their 2017 season on the right foot either. The Saints kicked off this year’s Monday night football when they traveled to Minneapolis to take on the Vikings. Both teams were looking to prove themselves but New Orleans ended up looking like a different team.
Last season, the Saints were categorized as a high-powered offense that had to contend with an atrocious defense. So far, we’re seeing the same stuff from their defense; they gave up 470 yards and 29 points this past Monday. But we’re actually seeing a new Saints’ offense, one that doesn’t have that dialed-in, finesse passing game that they’ve come to be known for in recent years.
Instead, New Orleans struggled to post 19 points on the day. Drew Brees managed to throw for 291 yards and post a passer rating of 104.7, but with most of the Saints’ drives ending in field goals: that passer rating didn’t amount to much.
Now the Saints are ready to open up their home stadium. Unfortunately they’ll have to do so against one of the best teams in the nation. Yea the Pats are coming off a disappointing performance in Week 1, but New England has shown too much consistency this past decade to actually believe that their season is over. Instead, online NFL betting fans can expect the Saints to go 0-2.