LT Profits does not play teasers very often, but they seem to have found a nice one for Week 7 in the NFL. Both games go early at 1:00 ET, so don’t get shut out!
We have a rare teaser as one of our NFL picks for Sunday of Week 7, with both games set to kick off at 1:00 ET. In the first leg of the teaser, the New Orleans Saints (2-3, 1-4 ATS) pay a visit to the Detroit Lions (4-2, 4-2 ATS) at Ford Field in Detroit, MI in a game televised nationally on FOX, while in the second leg the Tennessee Titans (2-4, 1-5 ATS) visit the Washington Redskins (1-5, 2-4 ATS) at FedEx Field in Landover, MD on CBS.
Note that this is a 6-point teaser available at Pinnacle Sports.
Leg #1: New Orleans Saints +8
The Lions come off of a rare nice road win 17-3 over the Minnesota Vikings where they put great pressure on rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater sacking him eight times while taking advantage of the porous Minnesota offensive line. Yes the Lions are legitimately good up front, but they still do not figure to have as easy a time getting to Drew Brees behind a better New Orleans offensive line that what they faced last week.
And remember that the offense still managed just 17 points and a mere 255 total yards with All-World wide receiver Calvin Johnson out with running back Joique Bell basically forced to play at less then full strength with Reggie Bush unable to play. Well, Calvin is out again this week and while Bush is back, he too may not yet be at full strength meaning that Detroit is relying on two running backs playing through injuries with no real quality depth behind them.
Meanwhile the Saints have had two weeks to prepare for this contest as they had a bye week after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-31 in overtime two weeks ago. The Saints are now down to 23rd in the NFL in total defense this season allowing 379.6 yards per game as well as an average of 28.2 points, and this is after that unit ranked second in the league in total defense last year yielding only 301.3 yards per contest.
That is where the two weeks of preparation time comes in handy as you can bet that Rob Ryan has devised a game plan to try and get his troops playing at last year’s level again, and facing a depleted offense here certainly helps. And of course, there is very little concern in regards to the always great New Orleans offense, which ranks second in the NFL with 442.8 yards per game. Thus, getting more than a touchdown in a dome stadium looks like a nice teaser leg.
Leg #2: Washington Redskins +1
The Redskins fell to the Cardinals 30-20 last week to fall to 1-5 straight up with the only victory coming vs. the winless Jacksonville Jaguars, but there were actually some positives to take away from that loss that leads us to believe that can get their second win today vs. a bad Tennessee team, especially their 407 total yards of offense vs. a supposedly good Arizona defense.
Yes Kirk Cousins made some terrible throws resulting in three interceptions, with the last one returned for a touchdown by Rashad Johnson with 18 seconds left costing the Redskins the ATS cover, but he still managed to pass for 354 yards and two touchdowns also, as the return of receiving tight end made the entire passing offense better. And Washington also average 4.2 yards per rushing attempt, albeit while calling just 17 running plays.
That success should continue at home here vs. a terrible Tennessee defense that was made to look better than it is while still struggling to beat those winless Jaguars 16-14 last Sunday. And even there, Jacksonville still managed a respectable 379 total yards with Blake Bortles passing for 336 yards while completing 32-or-46 passes in another great performance. The Jags officially had 297 passing yards because Bortles was sacked six times for 39 yards in losses.
The Titans still rank 20th in the league in total defense though so look for Cousins to continue to pile up big yardage through the air. Remember also that that the unimpressive win over the Jaguars snapped a four-game losing streak and Tennessee is still on an 0-5 ATS skid.
And as long as Cousins throws the ball to the right-colored jerseys this time, Washington should get its second outright win of the year, which is all that is required to cover this second teaser leg.
NFL Pick: Saints +8 / Redskins +1 (6-point Teaser)