- The New Orleans Saints are 7-point favorites to beat the Houston Texans in their NFL season opener
- The Saints are 2-3 straight up and 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five season openers as a home favorite
- The Texans are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Monday Night Football appearances
The New Orleans Saints figure they were a blown coverage and a blown call away from going to the last two Super Bowls. The Houston Texans are betting favorites to win the AFC South but are currently a team in a bit of disarray.
Neither of these teams traditionally fare well in the situations they are in on the first Monday Night Football (Sept. 9th, 7:10 EST) of the year, so it makes for an intriguing betting market.
New Orleans is currently listed as a 6.5 point favorite on our Texans vs Saints odds and stats matchup page ahead of tonight’s kickoff.
Houston Texans vs New Orleans Saints Odds
|Houston Texans||+255||+7 (-115)||Over 52.5 (-105)|
|New Orleans Saints||-310||-7 (-105)||Under 52.5 (-115)|
Odds taken 9/09/19.
The last five times that the Saints opened the NFL season as a home favorite, they’ve lost two of five straight up and are 1-3-1 against the spread.
About The Saints
The last time New Orleans gave seven or more points in a season opener at home was in 2012. The Saints lost outright 40-32 to the Washington Redskins as the nine-point chalk.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 9, 2019
The Saints are 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS in their last six September home games. New Orleans is also 0-5 ATS in the last five season openers.
On the other hand, the Saints are 7-2 ATS in their last nine against AFC South opponents and 7-0 ATS in their last seven against AFC teams.
About The Texans
Houston is 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS when opening the season on the road. The Texans are 1-3 both SU and ATS in season openers as a road underdog.
Houston is 4-1 in those games & outscored their opponents 142-107 (+35). In 2018 alone, Watson was 3-0 in primetime with a 131.1 rating. pic.twitter.com/MEHKCOiPnM
— Texans PR (@TexansPR) September 5, 2019
Houston is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 Monday games. The Texans are 1-4 SU in their last five September games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five against NFC opposition.
The Saints Go Marching On
The Texans come to New Orleans with a plethora of questions. As much as newcomer Laremy Tunsil will help, their offensive line remains suspect. New Orleans sacked the QB 49 times last season and Houston QB Deshaun Watson was sacked an NFL-high 62 times.
A friendly reminder that these are Drew Brees' stats at home in primetime since 2011:
484/656 (73.78 CMP%) for 5,717 yards, 56 TD, 6 INT, 8.71 YPA, 336.29 yards per game
Texans play at the Saints tonight.
— Johnny Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) September 9, 2019
Newcomers Tunsil, WR Kenny Stills and RB Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde are still learning the Houston playbook. And Saints QB Drew Brees is money in prime time.
Pick: New Orleans Saints -7 (-105); moneyline (-310)
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