NFL betting odds handicappers are beginning to think that the New Orleans Saints are getting back on track and ready to start paying out with the NFL betting lines.
Sports-Gambling opened with the New Orleans Saints as a 13.5 point home favorite over the Cleveland Browns and with an over/under of 43. CBS will telecast the game that is set to begin at 1 PM Eastern.
Cleveland has a NFL football gambling record of 1-5 straight up and 4-2 against the spread. The Browns are coming off a 28-10 loss at Pittsburgh last week.
Quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace were injured last week as rookie Colt McCoy made his first NFL start and played better than expected going 23-33 for 281 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Cleveland’s quarterback status is questionable for this one.
Eric Mangini is hanging by a thread as head coach and needs a win fast. The offense is struggling and ranks 31st in scoring while the defense is 23rd in the NFL.
The New Orleans Saints have a record of 4-2 straight up and 2-4 against the spread as their status as Super Bowl champions has served to drive down their overall betting on NFL football value. The Saints did get the money last week in impressive fashion with a 31-6 blowout win at Tampa Bay.
Quarterback Drew Brees leads the NFL’s 5th ranked passing attack while the defense has shown significant improvement and ranks 7th overall. New Orleans was struggling on the ground but Christopher Ivory has picked up the slack with a team best 277 yards and a 6.3 yards per carry average.
The emergence of Ivory has taken the burden off Brees and served to keep defenses more honest. Injuries to Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas gave Ivory his chance.
Cleveland has beaten the NFL betting odds in just 3 out of their last 14 games that follow a loss against the spread. New Orleans is just 1-7 against the spread in games following a straight up win. The Saints have gone over the total in 19 out of their last 25 when coming off a pointspread cover.