Week 5 of the NFL season closes out with an intriguing NFC showdown on Monday Night Football. The New Orleans Saints have nicely shaken off an opening week loss to reel off three straight victories, and are once again looking like the Super Bowl contenders many thought they’d be. This week they’ll be welcoming the well-rested Washington Redskins to town, who have to like their chances of the playoffs given the play of their NFC East rivals. Heading into the year, that might not have been realistic, but Washington knows there is an opening there and if they can keep their momentum going in New Orleans off of their bye week, the Redskins could continue to surprise.
For these reasons, this game is certainly deserving of the MNF prime-time slot, and the fact that both squads are capable of putting up a ton of points should also add to the excitement. Keep reading below the odds for a full game breakdown and a betting prediction for Washington/New Orleans on Monday evening.
Redskins vs. Saints Betting Odds:
Washington Redskins +6 (-110)
@ New Orleans Saints -6 (-110)
Over 52.5 (-105)
Under 52.5 (-115)
Redskins vs. Saints Pick:
Despite getting up there in age, Drew Brees remains an elite talent and he’s done a great job of late leading the Saints’ offense. In fact, Brees enters this contest on Monday night with a realistic shot of becoming the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yardage. He needs just 201 yards and against the Redskins’ secondary that could happen in the first half alone. Washington has some big-time flaws with their defensive backfield right now, and though they still do have Josh Norman – it’s clear he’s not playing at the level football fans are accustomed to. Beyond that, Michael Thomas will be much better than he was last week, especially given the fact that this Saints offense and Drew Brees are just so much better at home.
Making matters worse for the ‘Skins defense is the fact that running back Mark Ingram will return in this one for the Saints. Together he will form an elite duo with Alvin Kamara and that twosome should be able to bully the Redskins defensive front. Look for Kamara to break a couple of big runs, and Ingram to provide a great change-of-pace with his bruising and punishing style. The Saints offense might be the league’s best, and expect it to be in fine form on Monday night.
The Saints also don’t defend all that well, but they looked better last week vs. the Giants. They have the potential to shut down teams but it just hasn’t materialized in 2018. A big storyline in this contest will be seeing the Saints’ stop unit taking on former back Adrian Peterson. The legendary running back will certainly be eager to prove his old team wrong and he’ll certainly be motivated. Unfortunately for A-Pete the Saints have been great at stifling the run game this year, and New Orleans should be able to limit this and force the Redskins into pass-only situations with regularity. The Saints also boast a dynamic edge rush and they should be able to get to Alex Smith more often than not.
New Orleans has hit their stride and despite the fact that Washington has had extra time to prepare for this game, the Saints’ offense cannot be stopped right now. They’ll get up early and the Redskins’ aren’t equipped to play catch-up given their lack of dynamic playmakers. Expect Brees to savor the moment on Monday night, seize the record, and lead his team to a convincing win over an NFC rival.
PICK = Saints -6 (-110)