NFL Preseason Betting Preview
New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals
Thursday, 8:00 pm Eastern – ESPN
SBG Global Opening Line: Cardinals - 3 , Total 37
The New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals begin their preseason play on Thursday in a nationally televised game on ESPN. The focus for Arizona is likely to be on the quarterbacks as Matt Leinart tries to prove he is the worthy starter and that Kurt Warner should remain the backup. SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Cardinals at Home.
The Cardinals expect to play both Leinart and Warner for a couple of series on Thursday. That means the bulk of the playing time will go to Brian St. Pierre and rookie Anthony Morelli. Arizona will not have wide receivers Anquan Boldin or draft choice Early Doucet on Thursday, as both players are nursing injuries.
New Orleans is set with their quarterback rotation for Thursday. Drew Brees is expected to play two or three series followed by Mark Brunell and Tyler Palko. Running back Deuce McAllister, tight end Jeremy Shockey and cornerback Mike McKenzie will not play on Thursday. Also sitting out will be wide receiver Marques Colston, linebacker Jonathan Vilma, safety Josh Bullocks and defensive tackle Brian Young. The Saints are expecting a lot more this season after struggling to a 7-9 season a year ago. “We didn’t play well enough to be a playoff team last year, in a lot of areas,” head coach Sean Payton said, “That’s the bottom line.”
SBG Global Current Line: Cardinals - 2.5 , Total 35
The total on Thursday is one on highest on the preseason week one board at 35. With the quarterbacks looking weak in the second half the two teams may struggle to reach that number.
Here is a look at some NFL betting stats for Thursday’s game. The Saints and Cardinals have never met in the preseason. The Saints have a 3-0 lead in their all-time regular season series with the Cardinals. Last year the teams met in New Orleans and the Saints won 31-24.
Pick Cards 2 units