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The surging New Orleans Saints will head on the road to take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon.
Drew Brees putting together MVP-caliber season
The Saints have been off to a blazing start to the year pushing forward toward having one of the best records in the league. Much of this effort has been led by their explosive offense led by star quarterback Drew Brees putting together an MVP-caliber campaign through the first half of the season passing for 2,336 yards while ranking sixth with 18 passing touchdowns, first with a 76.3 percent completion rate, and first with a 120.6 passer rating. Brees has been a major factor in helping fuel the Saints’ impressive start that saw him put together a statement performance in the 45-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9 by throwing for 346 passing yards with four touchdowns while holding a 137.0 passer rating.
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) November 5, 2018
Star wide receiver Michael Thomas has continued to emerge onto to the scene as he put together a career-best outing against the Rams with 12 receptions for 211 receiving yards and a touchdown. Thomas has been one of the most productive wide receivers in the league with 70 catches for 880 receiving yards and five touchdowns on the year. However, the play of star running back Alvin Kamara in his second campaign has been a huge reason why the team has pushed forward to one of the best marks. He has become a legitimate dual-threat option out of the backfield that has seen him as he has rushed for 490 yards with nine touchdowns along with 51 receptions for 427 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Kamara has been the linchpin to their offensive attack coming off another huge outing against the Rams with 82 rushing yards with two touchdowns along with four catches for 34 receiving yards and a touchdown.
These three have helped the Saints hold the second-highest scoring offense with 34.9 points per contest and seventh passing attack. This could take another step forward with former Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant now in the mix. All of this was present a huge problem defensively for the Bengals that could see another high-scoring performance from New Orleans.
Inconsistency plaguing Bengals
It has been a topsy-turvy 2018 campaign for the Bengals that has seen them experience some drastic highs and lows this year. Cincinnati has gotten off to an encouraging start winning five out of their first eight games, but things have been more difficult over the last few weeks. They have dropped two out of their last three games, which included an embarrassing 45-10 l0ss to the Kansas City Chiefs along with once again falling short against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cincinnati has constructed a talented roster, but the team has had some notable disappointing performance against some of the top teams in the league this season. Their offense hasn’t picked up in the manner that they hoped currently ranking 17th in passing and 26th in rushing despite being 10th in scoring with 27.6 points per game.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) October 31, 2018
Quarterback Andy Dalton has had his performances on both ends of the spectrum as he has 2,102 passing yards with 17 touchdowns to eight interceptions. Dalton has had some strong outings, but he has also struggled to perform when needed most. He has been an above average quarterback but has struggled to prove that he can consistently lead the team to success with his arm. Meanwhile, second-year running back Joe Mixon has been a huge bright spot despite his injuries this season with 509 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He is coming off his first 100 rushing yard performance of the season with 123 yards and two touchdowns in the 37-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With star wide receiver A.J. Green expected to miss the next couple of weeks due to a toe injury, it will require Mixon and Dalton to step up to carry the offense to help compete in what should be a shootout against the Saints come Sunday afternoon. It also doesn’t help that the Bengals have been porous defensively giving up 29.6 points per contest, which is the third-highest in the league.
- Bengals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 10.
- Bengals are 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- Saints are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Saints are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
- Saints are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Saints look like an unstoppable offensive juggernaut that should see them once again put another big performance up against the Bengals. This has the makings of being a one-sided affair on Sunday that will see New Orleans cruise to another win.
Prediction: New Orleans -5.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Although the Saints hold a decisive advantage, both teams possess capable offenses that should see a fair amount of points on the board. This will be a favorable bet to take the over in this Week 10 matchup. It also helps that the over is 5-1 in Saints’ last six games in Week 10.
Prediction: Over 54