Football odds in fact could offer added value to the Saints in the playoffs since they are not among the top choices with the odds NFL to win the Super Bowl.
NBC will telecast the NFC wild card game between the Seattle Seahawks and visiting New Orleans Saints on Saturday with a start time of 4:35 PM ET. Sports-Gambling opened with Seattle as a 10.5 point favorite and with a total of 44.5. New Orleans scored a 34-19 home payout over Seattle on November 21 as the game went over the total.
Seattle has a record of 7-9 both straight up and with the NFL odds and went over the total 11 times. Seattle is the champion of the NFC West despite their losing record. Charlie Whitehurst got the start at quarterback last week over Matt Hasselbeck and the question is open as to which QB goes in this one.
Hasselbeck had a poor 73.2 QB rating with a 12/17 TD/INT ratio while Whitehurst had an even worse 65.5 QB rating with a 2/3 TD/INT ratio. The running game was a pathetic 31st while the defense ranked 25th for points allowed. Seattle won just 3 of their last 10 games with just 3 payouts in that stretch.
New Orleans is 11-5 straight up and 7-9 with the NFL lines and 8-8 on totals as the wild card team from the NFC South. The Saints lost 2 of their final 3 games. Quarterback Drew Brees will be the key with the wild card weekend odds for New Orleans as he has a 90.0 QB rating with a 68% completion rate and 4620 yards with a 33/22 TD/INT ratio.
Brees’ interception total was up this year because he had to carry more the offensive burden since the backfield was banged up most of the season which killed off the running attack. The defense showed vast improvement over last year to rank 4th in the NFL overall.
The Saints have paid out in just 2 of their last 8 games with the football odds as road favorites and just 1 of their last 9 games versus teams with a losing record. Seattle has gone 6-19 against the spread versus teams with a winning record.