When the Saints (3-2) travel to take on the Seahawks (2-4) in Seattle in the final game of NFL Week 7 at “Monday Night Football” (8:15 PM ET, ESPN and ESPN2), they’ll be looking to continue their push into the playoff in the NFC.
New Orleans at the current wild card position behind Tampa Bay (5-1) at NFC South. She’s looking to come out strong after her early 6th week goodbye.
Seattle is 2-4 with quarterback Russell Wilson (hand) who hasn’t started for the team for the first time since 2011. He didn’t have a losing track record with him in QB, but that streak is in jeopardy with Geno Smith needing backup to continue playing.
Here’s everything you need to know about betting on Saints vs.
Saints vs Seahawks odds on ‘Monday Night Football’
- Spread: Saints by 4.5
- Above under: 42.5
- Monin: Saints -220, Seahawks +184
(betting odds per FanDuel Sportsbook)
The Saints are rare road favorites in Seattle in far too many considering they are a good but not great team. The spread remained steady despite the Seahawks’ coverage on the road against the Steelers with Smith in Week 6 on Sunday night.
Saints vs Seahawks All Time Series
Saints and Seahawks each won 8 games in the series. The Saints had back-to-back wins in 2016 and 2019. Prior to that, the Seahawks had had a three-game winning streak going back to 2011. That was the famous “Beast Quake” with Marshawn Lynch’s impressive 67-yard team, creating a surprise . From New Orleans to the Seattle Under .500 team.
Three trends to know
—61% of spread bettors believe the Saints are undervalued as road favorites, and expect them to cap the lower number of landings.
– 67 percent of over/under bettors think the total points are too low due to some offensive playmakers around quarterbacks Smith and James Winston.
The Saints are 6-4 straight and 6-3-1 against the spread in their past 10 games. The total has only exceeded 4 times in that period. The Seahawks are only 5-5 SUs and 4-6 ATSs in their past 10 games. Only 3 of those games have finished.
Three things to see
Will Alvin Camara get more ball?
Kamara has had a great 2020 season, turning an average of 18 touches per game to 1,688 scrimmage yards and 21 TDs. He’s picked up 21.8 touches per game this season for an average of 96.2 yards per game, well off last season’s production pace. With Tysom Hill (a concussion) and Tony Jones Jr. (ankle) out, Kamara should remain a busy focal point in these Saints running and passing games.
Will Winston deal with the noise?
Winston has been a model of competence for the saints, upending his former reputation with pirates. He’s averaged 25 dips per game, but still has 12 TD passes to only 3 interceptions, giving him a high pass rating of 108.1. But he will need to remain calm and continue to do what he did in a hostile environment.
Who will trigger the Seahawks’ attack?
Seahawks without Wilson and back to back Chris Carson (neck). Their offensive streak was blunted and backup Alex Collins (groin) was listed as questionable. Their top wide receiver, DK Metcalf, playing through a foot injury, faces a tough game with corner back Marshon Lattimore. Tyler Lockett and the other parties, in addition to tight ends and deeper reserve appearances, need to find ways to do plays to raise Smith to give the Seahakws a fighting chance. Last week’s overtime battle in Pittsburgh is an inspiring sign.
The law that matters
140.8. That’s the average yardage for the Seahawks defense this season. This is number 30 in the league, with only the Chargers and Texas behind them. The Saints average 125.8 yards per offensive game, which ranks ninth in the league. Kamara is the key to victory for visitors.
Saints vs. Seahawks Expectations
The Saints are the better team at the moment when they add their solid defense and well-designed attacking defender Drew Brees without Michael Thomas. The Seahawks lost quite a bit without Wilson, further exposing their major defensive problems. However, it’s hard to anticipate entering New Orleans and taking control of Seattle, where Pete Carroll and his crew are creative enough to adapt well to make it a game against Sean Payton’s crew.
Saints 24, Seahawks 20