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Sunday Setup: Saints on NFL odds board

Last week’s outright upset of St. Louis over New Orleans not only reminded bettors that anything can happen on any given Sunday, but also that there is more to handicapping than just glancing at surface stats, which all seemed to point New Orleans’ way.

Here’s a look into some in-depth factors worth considering heading into this Sunday’s action.

Key hamstring injuries in Cleveland at Houston game

For the fifth straight game, the Houston Texans will be without star wide receiver Andre Johnson, who is still out with a hamstring injury. Peyton Hillis, who has been a major disappointment for Cleveland all season, has also been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Houston is a 10.5-point favorite at Bovada.

Big Ben dominant at home against Baltimore

The series between Baltimore and Pittsburgh in recent years has been pretty one-sided when Ben Roethlisberger has taken the field at home. Big Ben is 5-0 SU in his last five starts against Baltimore at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger has 10 touchdowns and two interceptions over those five games, and is looking for revenge from this season’s opener. Pittsburgh is -3.5 at 5Dimes.

Light rain expected in San Diego

Sunday’s game between Green Bay and San Diego pits two of the game’s top passing teams against each other; Green Bay is third in the NFL with 323.4 passing yards per game while San Diego is sixth with 283.4 per game. The forecast calls for light rain, and while Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers are veterans that can handle it, the wet conditions are worth keeping an eye on. Green Bay is a 6-point favorite and the total is set at 50.5 at BetOnline.

New Orleans yo-yo season to continue?

New Orleans lost outright as a 6.5-point favorite on the road to Tampa Bay, bounced back with a historic 62-7 win at home, then followed that up with a loss outright as a 13.5-point favorite to St. Louis last week. Will they return home and bounce back with another big win? The Saints are 3-0 SU and ATS at home this season. New Orleans is an 8.5-point favorite at TopBet.

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