If momentum is something that plays a role in the NFL the Washington Football Teams has the advantage in their Week 5 contest with the New Orleans Saints. The team formerly known as the Redskins posted a comeback win over the Falcons last week to even their record at 2-2.
The Saints are also a .500 club but were embarrassed at home by the previously winless Giants. There is no carryover from week to week so both teams have a clean slate, which is good news for the visitors. And oddsmakers like the Saints to rebound pegging them as a 2.5-point favorite on the NFL betting line.
The Week 5 matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Washington Football Team will take place at FedEx Field at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 10, 2021 and will be televised on CBS.
New Orleans Saints vs Washington Redskins Odds
New Orleans Saints -2.5 | Washington Football Team +2.5 [BET NOW]
New Orleans Saints vs Washington Redskins Money Line
New Orleans Saints -132 | Washington Football Team +113 [BET NOW]
New Orleans Saints vs Washington Redskins Over/Under
Over/Under 44.5 [BET NOW]
The line has bounced around with the betting public unsure of either side at this stage. The Saints hit the board at -1.5 with the spread quickly wagered to a pick ‘em. New Orleans gained more support forcing the line to climb to its current number. The Saints lost outright as a 7.5-point favorite to the Giants last week and will look to continue a trend that’s seen them play a strong game after a clunker.
The Football Team got a big game from Taylor Heinicke last week beating the Falcons 34-30 on the road as a 1-point favorite. It was their first cover of the season. The total was wagered to 44.5 after opening at 43. The teams cashed the OVER in each of the six previous meetings.
New Orleans Saints
We knew this was going to be a different type of season for the Saints as they transition to a new offensive look without Drew Brees. The results so far have been mixed but the inconsistency has been glaring. They’ve yet to put back-to-back solid games together and they are 2-2 on the season following a difficult overtime loss to the Giants. Instead of outscoring opponents like they did with Brees, the Saints are counting on the defense to win games.
New Orleans ranks among the top-5 in points allowed at 17.3 and they are second-best against the run giving up only 66 yards per game. But opponents have had success through the air and the Giants were the latest. How a team can stop Aaron Rodgers in one game then allow Daniel Jones to throw for 402 yards in another is beyond explanation.
The game plan this week is simple. The Saints would like to force Heinicke into uncomfortable situations and make him throw the football. Sure the pass defense has been the weak link so for, but the Saints are putting games into the hands of the defense, and the group for the most part has been solid. They are a work in progress on offense and the group could be impacted with the potential loss of Tony Jones Jr. leaving Alvin Kamara to work even harder.
Washington Redskins Football Team
Spending the last few seasons looking for a quarterback, the Football Team may have already had their guy on the roster. Heinicke played Houdini last week with a pair of scoring passes in the final four minutes to rally the Skins, rather the WFT, to a road victory over the Falcons. Heinicke finished 23 of 33 for 290 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s completed 69.5 percent of his throws for 960 yards with eight touchdowns and three picks since taking over for Ryan Fitzpatrick in the opener. More importantly the team is 2-1 in his starts while cashing the OVER in all three games.
The heroics of the backup QB have covered up what the defense has done, or rather hasn’t done. The club was expecting a strong year for the stop group after ranking among the top-5 in fewest yards and points allowed last season. That hasn’t been the case and it’s not an isolated incident. Four games in we have a good idea of what to expect and the defense hasn’t lived up to its reputation.
The unit surrendered 347 yards and allowed the Falcons to convert 10 of 16 third down chances. Third downs have been a huge problem for the group allowing opponents to convert nearly 60 percent of the time, the worst ranking in the NFL. Getting off the field sooner will help improve other numbers, but until that area is fixed the Football Team will continue to struggle.
Saints at Washington Redskins Prediction
The Saints have alternated good and bad outings this season going 2-0 SU and ATS in odd numbered weeks. That bodes well for them, but having to right the wrongs on the road against a foe that doesn’t quit will be challenging. The Saints defense will hound Heinicke and I like Jameis Winston and Co. to get the job done in a Saints cover.
Our Prediction: New Orleans Saints -2.5 and UNDER 44.5
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