The New Orleans Saints host the Las Vegas Raiders for a Sunday morning matchup at the Caesars Superdome. The Raiders enter this matchup with a 2-4 record following a 38-20 rout of the Houston Texans at home last week. The Saints on the other hand, dropped their second straight contest and fell to last place in the NFC South standings with a 2-5 record. This game will be aired on CBS and should be an exciting interleague matchup. Let’s take a look at how these two teams stack up so you can get ready to make your bets against their NFL Betting Lines.
NFL Week 8 Betting Preview for Las Vegas Raiders at New Orleans
Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview: Raiders Ready for a Breakout?
The Las Vegas Raiders seem to finally be back on track after coming out of their bye week with a dominant win over the Texans at home. Head Coach Josh McDaniels has injected some old school smash mouth football into the Raiders offense, with Josh Jacobs recording his third straight 100 yards game. The Raiders have lost all four of their games by one possession, and it looks like they could finally start competing for a division crown.
On the offensive side of the ball, Las Vegas is averaging 367.2 yards per game (ninth in NFL) and 27.2 points. In other words, the Raiders can move the football and find the endzone. Derek Carr has been a steady presence in the lineup, anchoring the offense with nine touchdowns, including three in his last two games. As mentioned above, Jacobs has had the biggest impact on the offense averaging 147 yards with six touchdowns in their last three contests.
On the defensive side of the football is where the raiders have had their biggest issues. The defense is allowing over 360 yards and 25 points per game. Additionally, the defensive unit has a league-low four takeaways on the year.
New Orleans Saints Betting Preview: Dennis Allen on the Hot Seat after Saints Fifth Loss
The Saints lost their fifth game overall and second in a row on Thursday night, falling to the Arizona Cardinals 42-34. Although quarterback Andy Dalton completed 30 of 47 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns, he also had three critical interceptions, which ultimately led to their defeat. After the Saints’ fifth loss in their previous six games, head coach Dennis Allen is facing intense criticism from the fan base and front office.
Offensively, New Orleans has been hit by a slew of injuries, including four missed games from their starting quarterback Jameis Winston, while Alvin Kamara, Chris Olave, and Michael Thomas have all missed time as well. Be that as it may, the Saints still have one of the most explosive offenses in the league, as they rank third in total offense (398.3) while averaging 25 points per game.
On the defensive side of the ball, NFL fans will not see the relentless fearsome defense of old. In their loss to the Cardinals last Sunday, the Saints’ defense allowed 42 points and 326 yards. Over the past four games, the Saints have now given up 132 points.
Las Vegas Raiders vs New Orleans Saints Betting Lines & Odds
The Las Vegas Raiders are the road-betting favorite in this game, according to Mybookie, with the spread set at 2 points (-110). In terms of the moneyline, the Saints are given +110 chances to win this game at home, while the Raiders are given -130 odds. The game’s over/under is set at 49.5 points.
Free Betting Pick
I get the argument for the Raiders in this matchup. The Raiders have gathered some momentum, and they play teams tough, but Las Vegas has been winless on the road up to this point (0-3) while the Saints are getting healthier. New Orleans should welcome back their starting quarterback Jameis Winston as well as potentially other game-changing starters.
The New Orleans offense can go toe to toe with the Raiders, but the biggest difference is that the Saints’ defense is far and away better than the Raiders. Despite conceding 42 points, their defense was put into a horrendous position by Andy Dalton and the offense that turned the ball over three times. The Saints will get back on track at home in this one.NFL Betting Pick: Saints +2 (-110)