Las Vegas Raiders at New Orleans Saints Preview (10/30/22): Betting Odds, Prediction, Depth Charts

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

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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

Betting Trends

-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

Key Injuries

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)

Key Matchup

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. 

Vegas RaidersDepth Chart

QB: Derek Carr
RB1: Josh Jacobs
RB2: Brandon Boldin
LWR: Devante Adams
RWR: Hunter Renfrow
SWR: Mack Hollins
TE1: Darren Waller

New Orleans Saints Depth Chart

QB: Andy Dalton
RB1: Alvin Kamara
RB2: Melvin Ingram
LWR: Michael Thomas
RWR: Jarvis Landry
SWR: Chris Olave
TE1: Adam Trautman

Carson Marsh graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication with special focus on Sports Media from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, Carson has worked in journalism as a field reporter for WeAreSC.com, the longest-running publication exclusively dedicated to USC football and also worked in the social media department with the Las Vegas Raiders.

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