Two teams sitting in the basement of their respective divisions will face off at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, as the New York Jets will host the New Orleans Saints. Here are a few keys to the game, along with our prediction so you can place your bets against the NFL odds.
NFL Betting Preview for New Orleans Saints at New York
After starting the season off at 5-2, the Saints have lost their last five games. Much of that may be due to the loss of starting quarterback Jameis Winston to a torn ACL. Since then, Trevor Siemian and now Taysom Hill have been unable to lead the Saints to a victory.
While the Saints haven’t had much good news, they’ll finally get some this weekend as star running back Alvin Kamara is returning from injury. With the tandem of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, the Saints should have a formidable rushing duo to face a struggling Jets defense.
As for the Jets, at 3-9, much hasn’t gone right for them this season. Rookie first-round draft pick Zach Wilson missed numerous games due to injury, but now he’s back. His first season has been pretty rough, but he’s learning on the job. The Jets defense has also struggled mightily this season.
They’re giving up nearly 31 points per game. Robert Saleh was one of the top defensive coordinators in the league when he took over the Jets head coaching job. He hasn’t been able to turn the defense around this season, but he’ll be looking to make a lot of improvements in the upcoming offseason.
If the wind is howling at MetLife, the advantage will go to the Saints. Between Kamara and Ingram running the ball, it should be a big key for New Orleans. We also can’t forget that Taysom Hill has the size and skills of a running back, so we could see a lot of him on the move.
The weather won’t help Zach Wilson. If it’s cold and windy, it’ll make passing even more difficult for him. We also have to mention that one of Wilson’s top receivers, Corey Davis, is out for the rest of the season after electing to have surgery.
Both of these teams have struggled with turning the ball over. Taysom Hill threw four interceptions against the Cowboys last week. He can’t afford to do that this week.
Wilson has been a turnover machine this season. With a very good Saints defense coming after him, Wilson can’t afford to make poor decisions with the football. He’ll need to rely heavily on the running game and look to complete short passes to get on track.
The Saints come into MetLife Stadium favored by five points. Even though this one could be an ugly game to watch, we think that the Saints will have the advantage. Having Kamara back will be a huge bonus for New Orleans.
If Taysom Hill can cut down on the turnovers and manage the clock well, this should be an easy win for the Saints. New Orleans will get off of their losing streak and win this one 24-14, breaking their five-game skid.