Unfortunately for the New Orleans Saints, their rematch game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday means very little in comparison to the last time the two teams squared off. Flashback to last January and the NFC Championship game against the Rams. After the Saints established control of the game in the first quarter, the Rams mounted a comeback that eventually led to a tie game at the end of the fourth quarter. Enter a controversial no call and the Rams would find themselves heading to the Super Bowl, while the Saints were left scratching their heads.
While a week two game cannot make up for the missed opportunity, the Saints, who are currently three point underdogs, could use the game not only to send a message to the Rams, but also to the rest of the league. Sunday, the Rams almost let their season opener slip away before squeaking out a 30-27 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Currently grouped together with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Saints as one of the next best option to the New England Patriots to win the 100th Super Bowl, a loss to the Panthers would have been highly disappointing for the Rams.
Without a doubt the Saints and Rams matchup will be an eagerly anticipated and possibly the most heavily bet game of the weekend and easily the most must see game of the day.
As one of the most popular sports for online sports betting, the NFL schedule makers have given fans an early gift in week two. For those who are looking for what might be the closest to a sure thing as you can get, the New England Patriots are already favored by 16 points against the Miami Dolphins. Considering that Tom Brady’s crew dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one and the Baltimore Ravens drowned the Dolphins, placing money on the defending champions is the easiest bet of the early season.
Following their lopsided season opener against the Dolphins, the Baltimore Ravens are double digit favorites (12.5) in their first home game of the year against the Arizona Cardinals. With two young quarterbacks guiding their respective teams, look for Kyler Murray to be heavily tested against the Ravens defense. As both teams combined to score 86 points (Ravens 59, Cardinals 27), look for a high octane game that should exceed the over/under of 45.5.
If the Saints can not only battle the Los Angeles crowd, but also control their emotions and desire for a sense of revenge they could walk away with an upset victory as they enter the game as -3 underdogs. Last season, the Saints finished 7-1 on the road and were 6-2 against the spread, which makes putting money on Drew Brees and company an enticing bet. When the two teams met during the 2018 regular season, the Saints beat the Rams 45-35 in New Orleans.
On Monday night, New Orleans fans seemed overly focused on the past and the Saints players appeared to be overlooking the Houston Texans in anticipation of their meeting with the Rams. With all respect to Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins and the rest of the Texans, but considering Vegas has them as +3500 odds to win the Super Bowl, they aren’t in the same class as the Rams and the Saints will have to do better than a last second 58 yard field goal if they want to pull out the victory in LA.