Play Saints Minus the Points vs. Road Ravens as NFL Pick

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:18 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 2:18 PM UTC

This nonconference conflict has the look of two teams which could well be division champions come January. Both are 3-0 and they have beaten the NFL odds on all three occasions. 

Both coaches John Harbaugh and Sean Peyton are highly competitive and though few starters will see the field in the bayou, the competition should still be fierce with players fighting for roster spots.


Ravens Look to Soar Back to the Top of the Division
One year removed from being Super Bowl champions, Baltimore was a bust in finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs. While a portion of the drop was having less expensive younger players in 2013 compared the year before, collectively, the Ravens fell into the same trap of many champs before them.

This is a new campaign and those younger players have a year more experience and presumably are wiser.

One difference which has been obvious to all NFL football handicappers in the preseason for Baltimore is not only a greater sense of purpose, but Joe Flacco having a veteran receiver again to go to. Steve Smith might not be the same player he was three years ago, but he still has enough speed and is strong enough to outmuscle defensive backs for the pigskin.

With coach Harbaugh having set the right aggressive tone, Baltimore players are responding and choosing the Ravens with NFL picks against the sportsbooks odds to win the division could be an increasingly wise choice.


New Orleans Impressive in all Facets
The last time the Saints looked this good on both sides of the line of scrimmage in August was 2009, the year they won the Super Bowl. New Orleans at this time is fourth to win the NFC in researching the betting odds at various sportsbooks like 5Dimes and based on how they appear, that might be too low.

The Saints offensive line has played more physically and the defensive line has depth and variety to go along with a very good secondary. The linebackers seem more in tune with the defensive front and as a group have been making more plays.

In limited work, the offense has been slicing the dicing the opposition, making it almost impossible not to march with the Saints when it comes sports picks. With coach Peyton 25-12 ATS in the preseason, New Orleans has to always be considered as a play this time of year.


Why Bother to Wager
You don’t win and cover three preseason games without having quality players and while we might not see a lot of familiar names, the style of the two head coaches is to find ways to win.

Though New Orleans is a juiced three-point favorite (-125), they are 9-1 ATS the past three seasons versus the AFC in the preseason and will add one more to the win column.

Free NFL Play Winner: New Orleans minus the points

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