NFL Preview: Saints Will Soar Against Cardinals

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Arizona may be 2-2 but their season already seems to be on life support. Al Dannity doesn’t expect things to get any better on Sunday.

Cardinals need to find some defense Arizona has one of the most generous defenses in all of Football, that is to say including the NFL, College, High School, and Pop Warner leagues. With the Cardinals giving up 29 points per game, it’s a wonder this team is somehow still at .500 after a month. It certainly isn’t because of any offensive might. The Cardinals are scoring just 14.5 points per game while amassing a paltry 251.5 yards on average. Beating the Rams in the opening week and surviving the Raiders in week 3, neither a likely playoff contender, has allowed Arizona to hang for this long. Now it’s time for the suffering to begin.

The Saints come to town on the back of four tight games. So far New Orleans has won three of those but they shouldn’t have to wait until the closing stages to seal the win this Sunday. While the Saints struggled to put away the Panthers last week, they did manage to move the chains well. The running back by committee approach appears to be working and that spells bad news for the Cardinals.

Look for the Saints to present a balanced approach, with a good blend of passing and running to keep the Cardinals’ defense in fits. Bet on the New Orleans Saints as -7.0 favorites with Sports Interaction.

Atlanta will be too hot for the Browns Cleveland did well to upset Cincinnati last weekend but don’t expect a repeat performance when the Browns take on the Falcons on Sunday. These are not the Falcons that went 42 years without putting together back-to-back winning season. These are the Mike Smith Falcons, a team looking for its third straight year above .500 and a second trip to the playoffs during that same span.

Smith has given the Falcons the kind of hustle that saw Roddy White chase down Nate Clements and force the fumble that led to Atlanta’s game-winning drive last Sunday. I don’t see such dramatics being required this weekend. The Falcons may be questionable against the pass but Seneca Wallace doesn’t have the arm to exploit any weaknesses in the Atlanta secondary. The Falcons are also much more consistent on third down than the Browns, so NFL betting fans should expect Atlanta to control possession this Sunday. Bet on the Falcons as -3.0 favorites with Sports Interaction.