|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL The New Orleans Saints host the St. Louis Rams in Week 14. In recent Rams news, outside linebacker Na'il Diggs is out for the rest of the season because of a torn pectoral muscle.
As for the lastest Saints update, Running back Pierre Thomas, who led the New Orleans Saints in rushing during their Super Bowl season a year ago, said Monday he expects to practice this week with "no limitations."
The New Orleans Saints look to keep pace in the NFC South with a victory over the St. Louis Rams. Consider these key aspects and what to watch out for when betting:
This will be the Rams third consecutive road contest. They've learned to win road games against inferior opponents (Broncos and Rams), but how will they fair against the Saints? Will they suffer traveling fatigue?
The Rams have suffered losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, and they've sustained a victory over the Carolina Panthers. Like the rest of the NFC West, they haven't fared too well out of the Western divisions.
The Saints are the minus 9.5 point favorites listed in Sportsbook, with the over under at 47.
The Saints escaped San Francisco with a game-winning field goal, lost to the Arizona Cardinals after three defensive and special teams scores from the Cardinals, and handled the Seattle Seahawks with ease. They've played pretty sloppily against the Western division teams, but they're 2-1 regardless.
Six of the Saints nine victories have been within ten points. They have had close calls against the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Minnesota Vikings. They've also been victims of some major upsets by the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns.
Saints were similar last year too. They had a 28-23 game against the St. Louis Rams, who went 1-15 last season. If there isn't an offensive explosion, then watch Brees win the close games.