- The New Orleans Saints are 4.5-point underdogs at Seattle in Week 3
- The Saints lost quarterback Drew Brees for six weeks with a torn thumb ligament
- Teddy Bridgewater will start at QB for New Orleans
It didn’t take long for the New Orleans Saints’ bandwagon to empty.
New Orleans heads to Seattle for a Week 3 matchup (Sunday, Sep 22, 4:25 PM ET). The Saints head there with their playoff and Super Bowl hopes rapidly taking on water.
A 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams would’ve been enough to sour some folks. But when the Saints also lost quarterback Drew Brees for six weeks with a thumb injury, it was time to man the lifeboats.
That was more than enough to send the odds on the Saints plummeting. Seattle is the 4-5-point chalk in the Saints vs Seahawks odds.
New Orleans Saints vs Seattle Seahawks Odds
|New Orleans Saints||+192||+4.5 (-115)||Over 45.0 (-110)|
|Seattle Seahawks||-222||-4.5 (-105)||Under 45.0 (-110)|
*Odds taken 09/17/19.
Teddy Bridgewater will start at QB for New Orleans. It’ll be his second starting assignment since the 2015 season.
From Saints To Ain’ts
Entering play on Sunday, New Orleans was the chalk among NFC teams to win Super Bowl 54 at +800. Today, the sportsbook puts the Saints at +2000 in the Super Bowl 54 odds.
Ok, it's obvious that not having Drew Brees when you're on a team with Super Bowl aspirations is objectively bad. That said, this will give the Saints ample opportunity to get a real look at Teddy Bridgewater and/or Taysom Hill at QB and see what they have.
— Luke Johnson (@ByLukeJohnson) September 16, 2019
The Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles have all vaulted past New Orleans as better bets in the NFC.
Seahawks The Benefactors
Two of the top passers of this era both went down with serious injuries last week. And the Seahawks are smiling all the way to banking more crooked numbers in the win column because of it.
AND ANOTHER THING
The 2019 Seahawks are really gonna catch:
• the Bengals w/o A.J. Green
• the Steelers without Big Ben
• the Saints without Drew Brees
All in the first 3 weeks of the season
— John Fraley (@johndavidfraley) September 16, 2019
At Pittsburgh last week, Seattle (2-0) beat the Steelers 28-26 after Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger went down with a season-ending elbow injury. This week, the Seahawks get the Saints minus 12-time Pro Bowl selection Brees.
The line on this game opened at even. As more was learned about the severity of the injury to Brees, money started pouring in on the Seahawks. The line jumped as high as Seattle -5.5.
Is It Panic Selling?
When the economy tanks and the stock market plunges, that’s when the rich get richer. They buy those blue-chip stocks for a song, and reap the benefits when the economy rebounds.
It might be a good time to invest in the Saints in similar fashion. This is still a very good football team, albeit minus a very key piece.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 16, 2019
Don’t go betting New Orleans in the moneyline. Seattle is 15-0 straight up at home in September under head coach Pete Carroll. The Saints are 1-5 straight up in their last six at Seattle.
But New Orleans is 4-2 against the spread in the last six games against Seattle.
Saints have a tough next two weeks against the Seahawks and Cowboys, but they only play one divisional game in the next six (TB in Week 5). NO just needs Teddy to go .500 in the next six.
— Antwan V. Staley (@antwanstaley) September 16, 2019
Bridgewater is no slouch. In fact, in 2015, he started in the NFL playoffs for the Vikings against the Seahawks.
New Orleans made him the highest-paid backup QB in the NFL for this very reason. With a week of reps as the starter, he should be able to keep this game close. (Heck, the Bengals played Seattle within a point on the road in Week 1.)
Pick: New Orleans Saints +4.5 (-115)
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