The 2-4 Las Vegas Raiders are set to battle the 2-5 New Orleans Saints at the Caesars’ Superdome in New Orleans, LA on Sunday at 1:00pm ET. After defeating the lowly Houston Texans by a score of 38-20, the Oakland Raiders are desperate to save their season and a win this week would go a long way to help their cause. Crushed by self-inflicted wounds in their 32-34 loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week, the New Orleans Saints are also in a must-win situation as the NFC South is still up for grabs. Let’s take a look at the odds, preview, prediction, betting trends, key matchup, injuries, and depth charts to see who truly has the edge in this one.
Las Vegas Raiders vs New Orleans Saints Odds
The Las Vegas Raiders -1.5 point road favorites over the +1.5 New Orleans Saints. Despite the Saints’ historic home success, odds-makers are giving the Raiders the -125 moneyline edge in this one, but the Saints trail only slightly at +105. The over/under is set at 49.5.
Las Vegas Raiders vs New Orleans Saints Preview & Prediction
Las Vegas Raiders’ running back Josh Jacobs has been the undeniable MVP of the Raiders’ this season. Without the Alabama back, the Raiders would most likely sit at 0-6, as Jacobs has run for a combined 287 yards and five touchdowns in the team’s two lone wins. While the Texans led 20-17 at the end of the third quarter last week, the Raiders’ 21-0 run in the fourth – led largely by Jacobs – led to the Raiders’ covering their spread and surviving yet another crucial week.
Returning star wide-out Deandre Hopkins into the fold off a 6-game PED suspension, the Arizona Cardinals beat up on the New Orleans Saints. Unfortunately for the Saints, they were beaten far worse by their own mistakes as they self-destructed with two back-to-back pick sixes with under two minutes left in the first half. After his nightmare performance last week, Andy Dalton returning as the team’s starter is certainly a questionable move for first year head coach Dennis Allen but one that will make this game entertaining for us fans.
It is hard to be confident about the New Orleans Saints in this one. With Dalton starting, this team no longer has weapons like the Alvin Kamara of old to rely on when the offense stalls, forcing the team to over rely on their defense. That’s not the most ideal strategy when facing a team that has a gun-slinging quarterback, one of the league’s best receiving corps, and a running back that is on pace to run for over 1,200 + yards. And though the Raiders’ defense isn’t a top ten unit, DE Maxx Crosby has done wonders this year, as he’s tied for 6th in sacks with 6 and has 35 tackles. There is just too much to like with the Raiders in this one from a betting perspective to not take their spread and/or moneyline figure.
Raiders 31 | Saints 17
-Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in October
-Saints are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games in Week 8
Las Vegas Injuries:
-WR Devante Adams (Q)
-TE Darren Waller (Q)
New Orleans Injuries:
-WR Michael Thomas (O)
-WR Jarvis Landry (O)
-CB Marshon Lattimore (O)
Derek Carr versus Saints Secondary
Derek Carr has been a top-ten passer this year and his numbers should only improve against a secondary that has been absolutely decimated by injuries. With top corner Marshon Lattimore out in this one, expect Carr to air it out against this unit of Dennis Allen’s squad. While the team still boasts Tyrann Mathieu and Marcus Maye, the defense has allowed 28.5 points per game and is not reminiscent of a classic, stingy-Saints defense.