Many pundits and football fans expected doom and gloom to overwhelm New Orleans when franchise quarterback Drew Brees went down to injury. Well, not quite folks. The Saints didn’t lose with replacement QB Teddy Bridgewater under centre, a testament to the great depth and cohesion within the franchise. Now, Drew Brees is expected to be back in Week 8 and the 6-1 Saints are poised for yet another Super Bowl push.
Standing in their way this week will be the exciting, yet frustrating, Arizona Cardinals. Sitting at a 3-3-1 record is impressive for what’s likely year one of their rebuild – though if their defense was just slightly better, this could be a group that’s soon pushing for the playoffs. Kyler Murray has put together a solid rookie campaign, and after reeling off three straight wins, there is a lot of optimism surrounding Kliff Kingsbury and his Arizona Cardinals.
Can the upstart Cards keep things rolling against Drew Brees and the Saints? Keep reading on below the odds for a detailed game analysis, and an official betting prediction for the Cardinals at the Saints in Week 8 NFL action. Enjoy, folks!
Cardinals vs. Saints Betting Odds:
Arizona Cardinals +12.5 (-112)
@ New Orleans Saints -12.5 (-108)
Over 48 (-110)
Under 48 (-110)
Cardinals vs. Saints Pick:
After reeling off three straight victories, the vibes are great from the Cardinals camp as they prepare for their stiffest test of the season. Their offense remains an enigma, but can be very effective at times, while their much-maligned defense has shown improvements in recent outings.
Much of the defensive improvements can be attributed to the fact that Patrick Peterson is back from suspension for Arizona. This has been a huge help in the secondary already and if Drew Brees shows any rust, the Cards’ secondary won’t go easy on him.
Arizona has been electric when it comes to moving the chains of late, though they have admittedly feasted on some soft defenses. The Saints most certainly are not a weak stop unit and will challenge Kyler Murray to make plays through the air. One area where the Cards should find success, is in utilizing David Johnson or Chase Edmonds as pass-catchers out of the backfield. The Saints’ linebacking corps has struggled in coverage in 2019, and look for those elusive runners to keep the Cards’ within striking distance in this one.
With Brees back, he’ll surely be looking to connect early and often with his favourite target – Michael Thomas. Unfortunately though, Patrick Peterson should be able to blanket Thomas, forcing Brees to get creative elsewhere. Not the best conditions for an aging veteran to return to after a long layoff.
It also doesn’t help for the Saints that running back Alvin Kamara is expected to be out in this contest. Kamara could often be a valuable safety net for the New Orleans offense when it was sputtering, and with his absence the Cards’ chances for a huge upset increase slightly.
Expect Arizona to also put an emphasis on getting to Brees and pressuring him. With Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs, the Cards do boast an impressive pass rush, and look for that tandem to frustrate Brees here in Week 8.
Arizona has feasted recently on an easy schedule, and though this represents a huge step-up in class, we have no clue what calibre of Drew Brees we’ll see on Sunday. With Kamara out, and the Cards’ defense improving by the week, Arizona has the pieces and talent to keep things relatively close. While I don’t think an outright victory is likely, look for the Cardinals to cover this big number in Week 8.