We have a National Football League non-conference matchup to consider for Monday night when the New Orleans Saints meet the Las Vegas Raiders in a battle between two unbeaten teams. The Saints have a 6-6-1 record against the Raiders and Vegas won the last matchup in a 35-34 shootout and you can bet New Orleans would love to avenge that loss.
The Saints have gone from -4.5 up to -5.5, with New Orleans grabbing 64% of the bets.
The OU Line has gone from 50.5 down to 48.5, despite the Over getting 62% of the bets.
Gametime Weather: Dome Stadium
Saints Beat BucsNew Orleans took care of business early Sunday, taking a 17-7 lead into the locker room and never looked back as they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 34-23 before a fanless crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This was a solid victory for the Saints and they will be poised and ready for this matchup with the Raiders.
The Saints amassed just 271 total yards of offense with the majority of those yards on the arm of quarterback Drew Brees. Brees connected on 18 of 30 passes for 180 yards and a pair of touchdown strikes without an interception. Tight end Jared Cook led the way with five receptions for 80 yards and Alvin Kamara and Emmanuel Sanders each hauled in scoring strikes to lead the New Orleans aerial attack.
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New Orleans rushed for 82 yards and leading the way was running back Latavius Murray, with 48 rushing yards on 15 carried and Kamara rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown.
The Saints defense allowed Tampa Bay 310 total yards of offense; 224 of those yards were via the air and the Bucs were able to rush for an additional 86 yards. The defense recorded one fumble and cornerback Janoris Jenkins picked off an errant pass for a pick-six while safety Marcus Williams also had an interception to lead a New Orleans defense that sacked Tom Brady three times.
New Orleans’ Injury Report
Out: LB Chase Hansen, DE Marcus Davenport, and WR Michael Thomas
Raiders Hold on to Beat PanthersLas Vegas opened its season with a strong road win over the Carolina Panthers with a 34-30 come from behind victory. The Raiders used a 10-0 third quarter and then hung on for dear life as the Panthers scored 15 fourth-quarter points. This was a good win for a team with plenty of question marks and the Raiders are poised and ready for this matchup with the Saints.
The Raiders offense racked up 372 yards of total offense and 239 of those yards were thanks to quarterback Derek Carr. Carr threw for 239 yards on 22-30 passing with one touchdown without an interception. Nine Raiders hauled in passes and rookie wideout Henry Ruggs III hauled in three balls for 55 yards and wide receiver Nelson Agholor caught one pass for 23 yards for the lone Carr touchdown pass.
Las Vegas rushed for 133 yards and running back Josh Jacobs led the way with 133 rushing yards and three scores on 25 attempts. Running back Devontae Booker also got into the act, rushing for 29 yards on four attempts.
Defensively speaking, the Raiders allowed 388 total yards of offense on 260 passing yards and 128 rushing yards. The Raiders allowed Carolina to score on two of their three Red Zone possessions and recorded one sack on the day.
Las Vegas’ Injury Report
Questionable: OG John Simpson
Doubtful: OT Sam Young, OT Trent Brown, and LB Nick Kwiatkoski
- Raiders are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games following a straight-up win.
- Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Saints are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite.
- Saints are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games on grass.
- Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
New Orleans opened as a five-point favorite and that line has moved to 5.5 points. That seems like a good number and one we will definitely want to take advantage of as I have the Saints winning by seven points. Not having Thomas in the lineup is going to hurt but Brees has competent and talented receivers, as well as Kamara, catching passes wherever he lines up and I am confident they will get the job done. The Saints defense looked pretty good in their opening game as did Carr but the Saints have too much on both sides of the ball. Lay the 5.5 and play the Saints to beat the Raiders.
Prediction: New Orleans Saints -5.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Vegas posted an opening total of 51.5 points and that line has shifted to 49.5 points in most shops. The Raiders seemed content with being in a shootout against Carolina and I suspect the same will hold true on Monday night. We have two very good offenses up against decent but less than spectacular defenses and this game has all the earmarks of a high scoring game. Brees should have a clean pocket to throw from and while the Saints defense will chase Carr around a bit, he’s probably used to it and it won’t affect him all that much. I will play the OVER in this contest.
Prediction: Over 49.5