NFL betting handicappers are just as put off by the Arizona Cardinals and new starting quarterback Derek Anderson as he has been in effective so far this football betting season.
The Cardinals will host the Saints on Sunday with a scheduled kickoff of 4:10 PM Eastern and a FOX telecast. Sports-Gambling opened with New Orleans as a 6.5 point road favorite.
The New Orleans Saints have a record of 3-1 straight up but just 1-3 with the NFL odds as they are coming off a 16-14 win over the Carolina Panthers in which they failed to cover the spread as 12.5 home favorites. The Saints offense is suffering from a severe dropoff in rushing yards as they rank near the bottom at 30th in the NFL.
Leading rusher Pierre Thomas has only 147 yards, a steep drop of production from last year. The passing attack remains solid and ranks 5th but is feeling the added pressure of having to carry the entire load as New Orleans ranks just 15th in scoring. The defense has shown modest improvement from last year and ranks 12th for points allowed.
The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a horrible 41-10 blowout loss at San Diego last week to fall to an overall record of 2-2 straight up and 1-3 with the football odds.
The Cardinals definitely miss retired quarterback Kurt Warner as they rank 31st in the league for total offense and 30th in passing as new quarterback Derek Anderson is reminding fans and handicappers why the Cleveland Browns let him go.
Arizona has also suffered a significant drop in defense as they rank 29th in yards allowed and next to last in points permitted. This has not been the type of start that inspires confidence with anyone and the Cardinals seem to be on a slippery slope from playoff contention.
The Saints clearly matchup will with the Cardinals and may be relieved to be playing away from home where expectations and pressure are high.
Anderson should be feeling plenty of pressure from the Cardinals fans as he is not getting the job done and head coach Ken Whisenhunt may regret letting Matt Leinart go prior to the start of the NFL betting season.