Editor’s update 7:40 p.m.: The Teddy Bridgewater era got off to a nice little start for the Saints. New Orleans went into Seattle and stunned the Seahawks and their fans with a 33-27 win and outright upset as four-point underdogs. New Orleans jumped out to 27-7 lead, and while Seattle made a game of it in the fourth quarter, they came up short. Russell Wilson connected with Will Dissly as time expired in what would have otherwise been a double digit win for New Orleans. Bridgewater finished the game with 177 passing yards and two touchdowns. Wilson threw for 406 passing yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushing for 51 yards and two touchdowns.
Editor’s update 3:44 p.m.: The Teddy Bridgewater era, however brief it may be, gets going in earnest in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is sidelined for at least six weeks after surgery on his thumb. The Seahawks are a 4.5-point favorite, and most of the free world thinks Seattle is the pick. With kickoff less than an hour away, 80 percent of the handle and 82 percent of the tickets bet at DraftKings Sportsbook are on Seattle.
The Saints have opened the season 1-1, but that isn’t the real story at hand here. In 13 seasons as the Saints’ starter, Drew Brees has started 16 games 10 times, and 15 games three times. He is now about to miss more action than he has in those 13 years combined due to a torn ligament in his thumb. Teddy Bridgewater relieved Brees last week, but was uninspiring, completing just 17 of 30 passes for 165 yards and no touchdowns. Sean Payton still hasn’t announced his starter for Week 3, but it would seem reasonable for us to see more of Taysom Hill lined up as a traditional quarterback due to the added mobility and play-making he possesses. Still, it speaks to the overall quality of the team that they are still just four point underdogs on the road without a Hall of Fame QB.
Seattle has won two very tight football games, coming into Week 3 at 2-0, but with a +3 point differential. Their heavy rushing attack does not lend itself to many blowouts, and it may be a reason they struggled against two of the five worst teams in the league right now. Fortunately for them, the Saints come in last for rush defense based on Football Outsiders’ DAVE metric, and this could be a spot where they run all over New Orleans. Or, you know, they could just unleash Russell Wilson.
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Saints at Seahawks
Point Spread: Saints +4
Total Points: 45.5
Money Line: Seahawks -200; Saints +170
Overall 2018: Saints 14-4; Seahawks 10-7
ATS 2018: Saints 10-8; Seahawks 11-5-1
O/U 2018: Saints 7-11; Seahawks 10-7
Overall 2019: Saints 1-1; Seahawks 2-0
ATS 2019: Saints 0-2; Seahawks 1-1
O/U 2019: Saints 1-1; Seahawks 1-1
Notable Prop Bets
Saints Total Touchdowns - Over 2.5 +132, Under 2.5 -177
Seahawks Total Points - Over 24.5 -105, Under 24.5 -124
First Team to Score - Saints +108, Seahawks -148
First to 20 Points - Saints +160, Seahawks -139, Tie +550
- The Seahawks have won each of their last 15 September games at CenturyLink Field.
- The Saints have failed to cover the spread in each of their last seven games.
- Seven of the Saints’ last eight road games have gone UNDER the total points line.
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