New Orleans Saints
(1-0, 1-0 ATS)
San Francisco 49ers
(0-1, 0-1 ATS)
Two of the more disappointing teams from Week 1 are going to do battle on Monday Night Football this week, as the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers will hook up in NFL betting action by the bay.
The Saints had to be breathing a huge sigh of relief last week in a 14-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. It wasn’t a particularly solid showing for the hosts in their first appearance as the defending Super Bowl champs. QB Drew Brees only threw for 237 yards and a TD on the day, and he is going to need to do more most weeks to guide the black and gold to victory. The running game needs a boost as well, and more of a contribution from RB Reggie Bush would help a lot. Bush only had two carries in the victory, and head coach Sean Peyton knows that he is going to have to get the team’s former No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft more involved. The defense was the real breadwinner for New Orleans last week to start the season. The Vikings have one of the potentially most dangerous offenses in the league, and holding QB Brett Favre and RB Adrian Peterson to a total of 253 yards of offense on the day. New Orleans also did a great job of not shooting itself in the foot, committing just three penalties and showing some great discipline.
The 49ers were given a dose of reality last week when they went up to Qwest Field and were absolutely pounded by the Seattle Seahawks. Two picks by QB Alex Smith and a poor game on the ground by RB Frank Gore really harmed San Fran’s effort. Smith, who turned Shaun Hill into a disposal commodity last year, only went 26-of-45 for 225 yards with those two picks. Gore only had 38 yards on 17 carries and didn’t have a single carry of more than ten yards on the day. The Niners only had one play of more than 20 yards in the defeat and failed to reach the end zone. The defense didn’t do anything of real note either. Yes, Seattle was held to just 165 passing yards and 77 rushing yards, but the ‘D’ didn’t get enough pressure on the passer and often just let the Seahawks come up with the big play when they needed it. They shot themselves a number of times, committing eight penalties for 60 yards and walking away with just two field goals and no TDs in the red zone.
This could be a big game for the 49ers, and we think that they are going to come out firing on all cylinders. New Orleans is going to get the best shot from every team on its schedule this year, and this isn’t going to be an exception. It has been a long week of preparation for the Saints, but don’t be shocked if they leave Candlestick Park with a big, fat ‘L’, as dogs are already 2-0 ATS and SU on MNF this year.
Selection: San Francisco 49ers +6