The NFL sports book betting odds on the Saints vs. Seahawks NFC wild card game this Saturday, Jan. 8th, may be tough to swallow for football handicappers.
New Orleans is listed as a -10 ½ point favorite to knock the NFC West winning Seahawks out of the playoffs. Although the defending Super Bowl champs have become one of the hot teams to win the Super Bowl (I just wrote on article saying what a great wager they were to do so!), backing the Saints while they’re giving up 10 ½ points to Seattle at Qwest Field is tough to do.
But, I’m not sure pigskin handicappers have another option in this game.
New Orleans Saints (11-5) at Seattle Seahawks (7-9)
Where: Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington
When: Jan. 8th, 2011 at 4:30 pm EST
NFL Betting Line
New Orleans Saints -10 ½ -110 O 44 ½ -110
Seattle Seahawks +10 ½ -110 U 44 ½ -110
Check out some trends in this game.
- The New Orleans Saints are 4 and 1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- The New Orleans Saints are 4 and 1 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.
- The Seattle Seahawks are 1 and 6 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
- The Seattle Seahawks are 6-19-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
I’m definitely not a big fan of the NFL sports book odds for this game. Even though I’m a huge New Orleans Saints fan, I have to admit, as a football handicapper, that giving up 10 ½ points to the ‘Hawks at Qwest Field is tough. But there really isn’t anything in regards to either team that’s allowing me to side with Seattle in this contest.
The Seahawks might be the worst team to ever enter the NFL Playoffs as a divisional winner. Seattle, in their first season with Pete Carroll at the helm, went 7 and 9 during the regular season. They needed a victory over the then 7 and 8 St. Louis Rams in Week 17 in order to win the NFC West.
The Seahawks are such a horrible team that they failed to cover the NFL sports book odds in 5 out of their last 7 games. They were 3-point home dogs versus the Rams in their 16 to 6 victory.
Seattle averages 297.9 yards per game; that’s 28th in the NFL. Their defense gives up 368.6 yards per game. That’s 27th in the NFL. By contrast, the Saints are ranked in the Top 10 in both offensive yards per game and yards allowed per game.
New Orleans averages 372.5 yards and a very good 24 points per game. On defense, the Saints give up only 306.2 yards per game, that’s 4th in the NFL, including allowing a an exceptional 193.9 yards per game through the air.
The biggest problem for Seattle in this NFL wild card matchup, though, and the reason that I have to back the Saints versus the NFL sports book odds, is the fact that Seattle will have either Charlie Whitehurst or Matt Hasselbeck at QB on Saturday.
Whitehurst has thrown 2 TD passes to 3 interceptions this season for a 65.5 QB rating. Hasselbeck, who has been hurt the past few weeks, has thrown 12 touchdowns and 15 picks this season for a 73.2 QB rating.
There are very few teams that can pressure the QB quite as well as the Saints’ D. To me, that’s the reason to back the Saints in this game. With the amount of pressure that New Orleans puts on the QB, neither Hasselbeck nor Whitehurst figures to have a good game. The Saints’ offense should be good enough to provide enough points to cover the spread.
I have to back New Orleans at -10 ½ vs. Seattle in the first NFL wild card game of the weekend.
NFL Betting Pick: New Orleans Saints -10 ½ -110
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