Following a tough break to their franchise quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints need to get up off the mat and head across the country to Seattle to battle a hungry Seahawks team in Week 3 action.
Nobody is feeling sorry for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints, but the Brees injury certainly speaks to the uncertain nature of winning in pro sports. Months ago the Saints seemed like likely Super Bowl contenders, and already in 2019 their playoff chances are in jeopardy as a result of a likely six-week absence for Drew Brees.
This week it will be former starter Teddy Bridgewater under center, and in terms of backups – he’s got the potential to be a pretty good fill-in over the next couple of months. New Orleans still boasts an impressive offense and should find openings against the Seahawks’ defense.
Seattle is off to a great start which bodes well for their standing in a supremely competitive NFC West division. They’re 2-0 on the year, but there has been some luck involved. Last week they were the beneficiaries of Ben Roethlisberger getting injured mid-game, en route to a win over the Steelers. And this week, they’ll miss Brees and face another backup. Seattle and Pete Carroll won’t apologize though – as they know the Saints still represent a stiff test.
Read on below the posted odds for this key matchup as Teddy Bridgewater looks to keep the Saints afloat, while also simultaneously resurrecting his once promising NFL career. It should be a great game, and we’ve got your betting needs covered.
Saints vs. Seahawks Betting Odds:
New Orleans Saints +5 (-110)
@ Seattle Seahawks -5 (-110)
Over 44.5 (-120)
Under 44.5 (+100)
Saints vs. Seahawks Pick:
For whatever reason, it already seems like bettors and the entire market have already written off the Saints. Aside from Brees, this is still a talented, well-organized group and Bridgewater really isn’t that big of a downgrade. Expect the former Vikings starter to remind folks how talented he can be over the next six weeks, beginning in Seattle on Sunday.
Seattle doesn’t have a good secondary at all this year. In fact, it might just be the worst unit in all of the NFL. Mason Rudolph dominated them last week and that means Bridgewater should be expected to as well. New Orleans still has a ton of intriguing downfield weapons, and there truly is nobody on the Seahawks that will be able to effectively cover Michael Thomas.
On defense, New Orleans should also be expected to really get to Russell Wilson come Sunday afternoon. It’s one thing they do exceptionally well and given the fact that Seattle doesn’t block all that well – it’s going to be tough for Wilson to make his downfield reads and hit his targets. Let’s not forget that the Saints sacked Deshaun Watson six times in their first game, and they’ll be able to get similar pressure on Wilson in this one.
The market has vastly overreacted to Brees being out. While it might be an issue later on this season, this is a friendly matchup for Bridgewater who should be able to exploit Seattle’s secondary woes. The Saints’ defense is still in fine form, and should either bottle up Wilson on dropbacks, or put the clamps down on their usually potent running attack. Expect New Orleans to hang around and keep things tight, and don’t be surprised if they leave the Pacific Northwest with the outright win either.