One of the more lopsided games (spread-wise) takes place in Louisiana this Sunday as the red-hot New Orleans Saints return home to do battle with the Washington Redskins.
At the start of the season, many pundits would have thought these two teams’ records would have been swapped – but the Saints have been pretty elite at times in 2017, while the Redskins most certainly have not. Washington was beaten soundly last week by the powerful Minnesota Vikings, and made Case Keenum look even better than Drew Brees! Meanwhile, the Saints rolled into upstate New York and crushed the Buffalo Bills in front of a hostile crowd. The Saints look for real, and the Redskins look like pretenders. But that’s the beauty of the NFL – anything can change in a given week, and with their backs against the wall, it will be intriguing to see which Redskins squad shows up for Week 11.
Expect a lot of fireworks and scoring between these two powerful attacks. With Washington clinging to their playoff lives, and New Orleans battling to stay atop a competitive NFC South – this has the makings of a great football game to begin the early slate. As always, read on below for full game details and analysis, as well as a betting prediction for Saints/Redskins.
Redskins vs. Saints Betting Odds:
Washington Redskins +9.5 (-110)
@ New Orleans Saints -9.5 (-110)
Over 52 (-110)
Under 52 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Redskins vs. Saints Pick:
New Orleans has not lost a football game since Week 2 against the Patriots. They control the game with a powerful running game, and looked dynamite last week against a decent Buffalo Bills team – at New Era Field. There aren’t many defenses that can slow them down, but the Redskins are getting some healthy bodies back into the fold for this crucial showdown. While that won’t do much, they obviously need to focus a lot more on their secondary play. They looked abysmal last week and frankly need to do a lot better on Sunday. If they don’t – it could be lights out early.
That said, I think the Redskins realize you can’t truly stop the Saints – so they’ll try and do what they do best – outscore them. Washington has the potential for a high-octane attack, though it’s been wildly inconsistent this season. However, I like their chances to do good things this week. For starters, they are finally healthy along the offensive line and Kirk Cousins will get the blocking and protection he deserves.
Last week, let’s not forget the fact that Washington still put up 30 points on one of the league’s most elite defenses in Minnesota. They will move the chains on Sunday, because New Orleans hasn’t really faced another legitimate QB since way back in Week 2 against Tom Brady. Their linebackers are suspect, and that secondary still has holes. The Redskins have a deep crew of receivers who should be raring to go for this shootout.
I think the market has gone a little crazy on the New Orleans Saints. That crushing by them last week in Buffalo only magnified things, and though they are a good team – I don’t think they are nearly double-digit favourites better than anybody, aside from maybe the Browns, 49ers, and Colts. I’m not impressed with who they’ve beaten or their strength of schedule, and Washington has the talent and offense to hang around and keep things tight.
While I don’t see the Redskins winning this one outright, I think their desperation and talent will have them cover this spread. New Orleans also has the Rams and Falcons coming up, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see them looking ahead on Sunday.
PICK = Redskins +9.5 (-110)