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Will The Saints Go Marching On?
Who dat dere on top of the NFC South? Why, saints preserve us, it’s the New Orleans Saints. A team that has posted three successive 7-9 seasons, the Saints are on fire, winners of four in a row and displaying a devastating defense that is dominating the turnover ratio on a weekly basis.
They’ll look to keep the ball rolling their way this week as they play host to the Chicago Bears. Let’s take a look at that game and other key Week 8 NFL matchups, based on odds provided by Bovada.lv.
The Saints haven’t been a playoff team since 2013 and haven’t captured the NFC South since 2011 but thanks to a turnaround on defense, they are poised to make some noise. Through six games, 4-2 New Orleans has allowed 29 fewer first downs and have permitted over 300 fewer yards to be gained against them. They have forced 10 turnovers, including eight interceptions, and have turned three of those turnovers into defensive touchdowns. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded a pick six against Detroit, is a contender for NFL defensive rookie of the year and defensive end Cameron Jordan is on pace for a career-high 13 sacks.
They’ve made life for opposing quarterbacks a nightmare, and that doesn’t bode well for the 3-4 Bears, who will give rookie Mitch Trubisky his second career start.
Pick: The Saints (-420) and the under (47, -105)
Is it a coincidence that the Panthers have lost two straight since QB Cam Newton mocked a female reporter about her football knowledge, or is it karma? Last week, Newton declined to appear for his NFL-mandated media session and this week, left abruptly when asked a question regarding the Panthers offense and their lack of chunk yardage plays. Newton is averaging 7.9 yards per pass, the lowest of his NFL career. The Panthers did get some good news. Linebacker Luke Kuechley (concussion) is expected to play Sunday.
Life isn’t all roses and buttercups for the Buccaneers, either. They’ve lost three straight after a 2-1 start and with games the next two weeks against the Panthers and Saints, their season’s fate could be decided. Led by QB Jameis Winston, the Bucs top the NFL, passing for an average of 312 yards per game.
Pick: The Buccaneers (-130) and the under (45, -110)
Always a great matchup, the loser of this traditional rivalry of 3-3 teams will leave facing a significant uphill battle for a postseason position. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott continues to rope a dope over his NFL suspension for domestic assault, winning another court battle to delay his six-game sitdown.
The hearing over his court injunction remains slated for Oct. 30 and as long as they have Elliott, give Dallas the edge. Expect a slugfest between two of the top-scoring teams in the league, so the over is a solid play here.
Pick: The Cowboys (-135) and the over (50.5, -110)
Two weeks ago, these teams were a combined 8-1. The past two weeks, the combined for 0-4. The Chiefs lost at home last week to the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos were shutout by the lowly Los Angeles Chargers.
Denver is averaging an NFL-low 18 points per game and has three TDs in the last four games. The Broncos own a minus-eight turnover ratio. Even with the NFL’s best defense, Denver doesn’t have a chance in this one.
Pick: The Chiefs (-330) and the under (43, -110)
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