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Saints vs Raiders Monday Night Football Odds, Lines, and Spread

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Will the Raiders win in the debut of their new stadium? Photo by JediRich, Creative Producer (Wikimedia).
  • The New Orleans Saints will visit the Las Vegas Raiders for Monday Night Football in Week 2.
  • MNF Betting Record: 1-0 ATS (+1.0 Units)
  • What’s the best for this prime time contest?

Week 2’s Monday Night Football takes us to the brand-new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders are set to play their first game ever in Las Vegas when they host the New Orleans Saints at 8:20 PM ET. With the Raiders stadium being a dome, weather won’t be a factor in this contest.

The Saints are a big road favorite in this spot but are they going to take care of business? Let’s take a closer look at the lines.

Saints vs Raiders Monday Night Football Odds

Player Moneyline Odds Spread Total
New Orleans Saints -225 -5.5 (-110) Over 48.5 (-110)
Las Vegas Raiders +188 +5.5 (-100) Under 48.5 (-110)

All odds as of September 19th at FanDuel

The Saints vs Raiders odds up with New Orleans favored at -6.5 points but they’re now down to -5.5. Much of that likely has to do with the fact that star wideout Michael Thomas won’t be playing in this contest.

The total has been impacted too as it opened at 51.5 and is down to 48.5.

Saints Steamrolled Bucs In Week 1

Taking a look back to the first week of action, the New Orleans-Tampa Bay game was one of the most anticipated contests on the calendar. While the Bucs fought valiantly for about three quarters, the game proved to be a laugher by the end of it.

The Saints only compiled 271 yards of total offense but somehow turned that into 34 points.

Few people noticed the offensive struggles as quarterback Drew Brees only finished with 160 passing yards and the running game squeaked out 82 yards on 34 carries (2.4 yards per carry). The big difference proved to be the Saints defense winning the turnover battle.

The Saints defense took one of Tom Brady’s interceptions back for a touchdown and the other was returned to the Tampa Bay 35, which turned into a touchdown three plays later. Specials teams factored greatly too as Tampa Bay had a field goal blocked and then recovered a Tampa Bay kickoff fumble on the Bucs 18-yard-line.

With the Saints defense and special teams essentially gifting New Orleans 21 points and the Bucs only managing to score 23, the Saints offense didn’t have to do a lot of the heavy lifting in Week 1.

Raiders Roll Through Panthers In Week 1

Although it didn’t garner a ton of attention, the Raiders Week 1 win at Carolina was impressive. The Raiders are still in the midst of a rebuild, so picking up a four-point road win in a game they mostly controlled is a feather in their cap.

The Raiders relied on their ground game as Josh Jacobs, Devontae Booker and Henry Ruggs III combined for 133 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Derek Carr was efficient through the air, going 22-of-30 for 239 yards and a touchdown.

One concern has to be the Raiders defense, which played well for three quarters but nearly blew it. The Raiders led 27-15 at one point but Carolina closed the lead to four at the end when the Raiders led 34-30. Carolina got to the Raiders 46-yard-line with 1:22 remaining before getting stuffed on a fourth-and-one.

The Raiders defense will have to put forth a more valiant effort on Monday Night Football because if this reconstructed Panthers offense can pile up nearly 400 yards and 30 points, the Saints could be in for a big night.

What’s The Best Bet?

This is a tricky spot here as the Raiders look like a decent team but their defense has issues. They had just one sack last week and allowed Christian McCaffrey to pile up 135 yards. Alvin Kamara and the Saints are going to be looking at that film to see how they can duplicate that success. However, with the Saints missing Michael Thomas, that does take a bite out of their explosiveness.

The under looks like a good play here as the Saints defense appears to be underrated. They gave Tom Brady and company a hard time last week and should give the Raiders fits this week too. Look for the Saints to win this one inside the spread but for the game to stay under the number.

Pick: Under 48 (-115)

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