With Saints Shifting Roster, Make Patriots Your NFL Pick on Saturday

Nikki Adams

Thursday, August 20, 2015 11:17 AM GMT

New England Patriots take on the New Orleans Saints in week 2 Preseason NFL betting. Check out our NFL betting analysis, complete with NFL picks

New England Patriots Begin With Loss
The New England Patriots opened the preseason with a loss to the Green Bay Packers, a 22-11 defeat at the Foxboro that saw them fail to come through as the 3-point home chalk. Whether NFL bettors should put stock into that result is debatable, really. It’s well known that Bill Belichick doesn’t put much emphasis on the preseason and Tom Brady only played for two series before giving way to Jimmy Garoppolo.

Nevertheless, how Garoppolo did is a matter of interest with the NFL continuing to uphold Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension. The verdict is mixed on the backup. He went 20 of 30 for 159 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. More concerning, he was sacked a whopping 7 times. That doesn’t augur well for the Patriots if they hope to start the season on a positive note and set up Brady with the best shot possible when he picks up the reins in week 5 NFL betting to lead the team into the NFL playoffs.

Garoppolo is sure to get the bulk of playing time in New Orleans when preseason week 2 gets underway. Good news for him the Saints’ defense doesn’t exactly instil fear in the opposition, so perhaps he’ll remain upright for the better part of the game.

 

New Orleans Saints Begin With Loss
The New Orleans Saints began their preseason with a road loss in Baltimore, albeit a narrow 30-27 loss that pushed the 3-points on offer against the spread across most sports betting platforms. In week 2 NFL betting, the Saints will look to clinch their first preseason win. With home advantage going for them, odds makers set them up as the 1.5-point favorites.

Drew Brees was rested in game 1 of the preseason, relegated to the side lines alongside Sean Payton as the backups did the hard graft. Expectation is that Brees will see some playing time at the Superdome, but it remains to be seen how much and whether he can make a significant impact during his stint on the field. He’s sure to get limited play time as Payton mixes things up with his backups. Ryan Griffin led the Saints with 112 passing yards and a touchdown while Luke McCown went 7 of 10 for 75 yards and a touchdown.

 

NFL Betting Tips and Picks:
There is something to be said about consistency. Sean Payton and the Saints are experimenting and dabbling with their lines and resting Drew Brees as much as possible. As it stands, Patriots are looking ahead to a season start without their star quarterback Tom Brady, whose case is still up in the air and looks to miss the first four games. Unless a late decision changes the status quo, the Patriots need to prepare Garoppolo to shoulder the responsibility before he hands over the baton to Brady.

So, just like game 1, he’s sure to see most of the reps through on the field. With one game under his belt now, he’s sure to show some improvement against the Saints. What’s more, the Saints’ defense can be porous and they might not get at him as much as the Packers did in game 1, which should give him more space and time in the pocket. As such, we quite fancy the Patriots on our NFL picks as the 1.5-point underdogs.

NFL Picks: Patriots +1.5 at Bookmaker