Saints vs Cardinals Betting Preview

Arizona Cardinals New Orleans Saints
1-1 September 22, 2013, 01:00 | Mercedes-Benz Superdome 2-0

The New Orleans Saints will try to make it a 3-0 start with Coach Payton back on the sidelines when they entertain the 1-1 Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon at the Superdome (1 pm ET, Fox).

In the early wagering the Saints, who have also played two “unders” this season, were favored by nine points over the Cardinals, who just rallied to beat Detroit for their first victory.

The Saints are 6-1 SU & ATS at home to the Cardinals since 1983. They have also trended OVER the total vs NFC West foes (8-1 past 9 games).

View Arizona Cardinals vs New Orleans Saints Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag, had set the Saints as -7.5-point favorite on the opening line for this contest. The total was hovering around 48.5 earlier in the week (check for the current over-under lines at Bovada).

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Saints rated this week at No. 7 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 29. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 23-20 result in favor of the Saints this week.

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Arizona was a 25-21 winner in its last match at home against the Lions. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 46 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Drew Brees throttled the Buccaneers defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 322 yards and 1 scores as New Orleans handed Tampa Bay a 16-14 defeat.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 23-ranked offense (19.5 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 19 at 24 PPG. The Saints passing attack has averaged 318.5 yards per game, more than the Cardinals give up through the air (286 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 27-rated road run defense, allowing 160 yards per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, ranks No. 20 in rushing offense at home.

A few Cardinals at Saints trends to consider:
Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Arizona is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games
Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 15 of New Orleans's last 23 games
New Orleans is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 games at home
New Orleans is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games at home

Next up:
Arizona at Tampa Bay, Sunday, September 29th
New Orleans at Miami, Monday, September 30th

 

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