NFL Week 1 action for the Washington Redskins and their rookie signal caller, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, features a road meeting with the high powered New Orleans Saints (1:00pm ET start time, FOX). Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints Odds like the Saints to get the job done; Drew Brees and company are a -9 against the spread home favorite in today’s season opener. The game total in this afternoon NFC battle between the Redskins and Saints is set at 50 points.
The betting public, seemingly, loves them some Saints in this match-up with the line moving up at most books. However, recent percentages have New Orleans receiving just 58 percent of the spread money. Washington is the popular moneyline choice with bettors (73 percent), which is not a surprise considering the 1-4 odds with the Saints.
Those looking to cash on a Washington victory are up against it given New Orleans’ recent prowess at the Superdome. The Saints are 9-1 straight up and 9-1 against the spread in their last 10 home games (average spread of almost eight points). New Orleans was absolutely electric in front of the home crowd a season ago, going a perfect 8-0 as a host while pounding its opposition, which included teams like Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, and NY Giants, by an average of 25.3 points per game.
New Orleans also averaged 41.1 points per in those eight games, only scoring fewer than 30 points on just one occasion.
The Redskins had a nice preseason, going 3-1, and Griffin looked more than capable in his limited exhibition opportunities. He should find success against the Saints occasionally leaky defense (368.4 yards per game allowed last season), but it is difficult to envision a rookie quarterback keeping his team lock step with the Saints offense in his first NFL start.
Free Pick: Take the Saints -7.5.
Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints Odds:
Washington Redskins +7.5 (-118), Over 50 (-110), +330 (Moneyline)
New Orleans Saints -7.5 (-102), Under 50 (-110), -400 (Moneyline)
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