A measly pushed wager in the Thursday night matchup of Week 4 has us hungrier for a solid start to the Sunday NFL slate. The Vikings showed enough fight, but ultimately the L.A. Rams are clearly the beasts of the NFC right now.
Fast forward to Sunday afternoon with the second wave of game action, and another intriguing showdown will take place at the Meadowlands as the Giants host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
Following a slow start, both of these NFC squads seem to be figuring things out. The Saints are fresh off of a huge victory last week vs. their rivals the Atlanta Falcons, while the G-Men are in the win column following a big road victory against the Houston Texans. Both teams have more to give, and given their recent run of improved performances – look for this to be one of Week 4’s best games.
As always, read on below the posted odds for deeper analysis and a winning wager to get your NFL Sunday started off on the right foot. Enjoy the Giants vs. the Saints, folks!
New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants Betting Odds:
New Orleans Saints -3.5 (-105)
New York Giants +3.5 (-115)
Over 52 (-110)
Under 52 (-110)
New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants Pick:
Much was made over the slow start of the New Orleans Saints. People were legitimately freaking out after they almost lost to the Browns in Week 2, and as last week showed – it was all premature. Drew Brees has still got it, and Sean Payton is currently overseeing one of the NFL’s most complete squads.
This week however could be the Saints’ stiffest test of the season, as they head north coming off of a very emotional victory last week in Atlanta. Brees however has historically never fared well outdoors or in any sort of weather conditions, and the Meadowlands in the fall will certainly bring those. The Giants’ defense is also rounding into form, and I fully expect their contingent of aggressive defensive linemen to put all sorts of pressure on Drew Brees. Expect both Snacks Harrison and Olivier Vernon (if he returns) to limit the ground attack and put Brees on his back.
Through the air, the Saints can be pretty lethal – and though Michael Thomas is likely one of the sport’s top receivers, the Giants do have Janoris Jenkins who should be able to do a pretty solid job of limiting Thomas’ productivity on Sunday. Make no mistake, the Saints will score their points – there are just too many weapons at Brees’ disposal, but it won’t be as easy as previous weeks. New York has playmakers on defense, and the outdoor conditions could throw Brees off.
For the Giants, their offense finally looked to be in-sync last week when they took down Houston. Eli Manning looked good again, and with all of the playmakers he has by his side – this really should be a great offense.
With New Orleans putting points up, look for the Giants to air it out regularly to try and keep pace. The Saints are especially weak at linebacker, and this will most likely mean many screen passes to Saquon Barkley in space. To this point in the season, New Orleans has yet to go against a legitimate pass-catching RB option, and with Barkley’s skill in this area, look for the former Nittany Lion to be able to move the chains with regularity.
Like the Saints will have success through the air, the Giants too should be able to secure first-downs through the passing game. While Marshon Lattimore of New Orleans should do a solid job on Odell Beckham Jr., there’s nobody else to cover Sterling Shepard. The young receiver is rounding into form, and the rest of the Saints secondary aside from Lattimore is very weak.
To get +3.5 in this spot with the Giants at home and the Saints coming off of a big overtime victory in Atlanta last week, it just seems like good value. New York does have some injuries, but given the situation – expect the progress of the G-Men to continue as they keep things close on Sunday.
PICK = Giants +3.5 (-115)