|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NFLThe New Orleans Saints have a 4-5 record but it is actually good enough to give them the lead in the NFC North division. This past Sunday, their eleven-game winning streak at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was broken up after losing in overtime to San Francisco 27-24.
The Cincinnati Bengals are in a similar situation but with a better record. The 5-3-1 Bengals are very close to the top of the AFC North but are still in a wild card spot. The Bengals suffered their first regular season home loss since 2012 with a 24-3 loss to Cleveland last Thursday.
The Saints have experienced an extremely proficient pass offense this past season. Drew Brees has thrown for nearly three thousand passing yards so far this year. While he did have three touchdowns against San Francisco last week, he also threw two interceptions. This gives him ten interceptions this year versus 18. In addition, Jimmy Graham and Brandin Cooks have 500-plus receiving yards while Marques Colston is very close to reaching that plateau as well.
The Bengals have been dramatically impacted by many injuries in recent time. Running back Giovani Bernard, tight end Jermaine Gresham, cornerback Leon Hall and linebacker Rey Maualuga have all been listed as questionable for the game and have missed a number of games this year due to injuries.
In addition, Andy Dalton will be looking to try and come back from an extremely difficult game against the Browns last week. He went 10-33 for 86 yards and three interceptions for a quarterback rating of 2.0.
The New Orleans Saints have a -7 advantage over the Bengals for this week's game. This is primarily thanks to the Saints' historic home-field advantage. In addition, the over/under for the game has been listed at 49 points. Both teams are trying to reach the playoffs but the Saints are heavily favored at this point.