NFL Football Betting: New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals

Added September 13, 2015 by Levi Watkins

Classic contrast in styles in this opening week NFL game as the New Orleans Saints head to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals. The Saints are all about offense, the Cardinals are all about defense. The Saints are coming off a disappointing 2014 season where they went 7-9 and missed the playoffs, the Cardinals finished 11-5 but that was good enough for only a wildcard spot in the tough NFC West.

Arizona might have some ‘growing pains’ as they try to improve upon their 2014 success. For one thing, they’ll miss former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who is now the head coach of the New York Jets. In addition, they’ve got to hope that quarterback Carson Palmer gets up to speed quickly following season ending surgery a year ago. These teams last played in 2013 and it was all New Orleans as they routed the Cardinals at the Superdome by a final score of 31-7.

Much has changed since then, not the least of which is the venue–and that could be a very important component of this matchup. The Saints have been a tough home team during the Sean Peyton era but have struggled on the road. The Saints are 8-10 SU/7-11 against the spread in their last 18 road games. They’re on a 5-11 ATS run away from home. They also have a new defensive scheme and a lot of new personnel on that side of the ball. That doesn’t bode well for much short term improvement to a pass defense that ranked #27 in the league a year ago.

Carson Palmer is really coming into his own since arriving in Arizona and the Cardinals are 11-2 SU in his last 13 starts. He looked good in the preseason as he is coming back from ACL surgery. Arizona is on a 13-3 SU/11-5 ATS run at home over the past two years which combined with New Orleans’ road struggles makes it look like the Cardinals are undervalued in this spot. The Saints are always a ‘public team’ but this is not the best role for them and it sure looks like the Cardinals aren’t getting the respect they deserve at home. They’ll start the season with a win and cover here.


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