The New Orleans Saints were completely nice and smooth a year ago in recording a fine, 11-5 record and coming up one game short of reaching the NFC Championship thanks to what is now known as the Minneapolis Miracle. Nevertheless, the Saints will enter the 2018 season as one of the favorites to unseat Philadelphia as conference and Super Bowl champs and from where I’m sitting, it looks like they’ll have a great chance to do just that.
Whether the saints reach Super Bowl 53 or not, they’ll take part in a bunch of must-see, must-bet matchups that no NFL fan and betting enthusiast should miss this coming campaign. Here’s my take on those contests.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET
The Saints split against the divison rivals a year ago with each team winning at home and you had best believe another regular season split is coming in 2018 between these eerily identical legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
NFL Betting Pick: Falcons 27 Saints 24
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30, at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. ET
While I am expecting the Giants to be a lot better than their pitiful 3-13 campaign from a year ago, the fact of the matter is that New Orleans is the better team in all three phases. New Orleans wins and covers the chalk as a touchdown road favorite against Eli Manning and company!
NFL Betting Pick: Saints 21 Giants 21
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28, at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. ET
The Saints want some revenge for their completely discouraging 29-24 road loss against Minnesota in the divisional round that ended their 2017 campaign. The Vikes won’t be easy to beat at all, but I’m thinking the football Gods will give the Saints the payback they deserve for their stunning loss last postseason.
NFL Betting Pick: Saints 24 Vikings 23
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 4, vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. ET
This Week 9 matchup is going to be like the Thriller in Manila – a straight-up street brawl that leaves everyone on the edge on their seat. The Saints get some revenge for their 26-20 road loss to the revitalized Rams in Week 12 last season. I’m thinking a field goal win that plays out as a Push sounds about right!
NFL Betting Pick: Saints 31 Rams 28
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET
If the Saints’ Week 9 matchup against the Rams is like the Thriller in Manila, I’m expecting this one to be like the infamous Hell in a Cell meeting between Mankind and The Undertaker! After beating the Vikings and Rams, the Saints lose this one against the Super Bowl champs at home.
NFL Betting Pick: Eagles 30 Saints 28
Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 22, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 8:20 p.m. ET
Revenge will be the name of this game as the Saints get their split against the Falcons in Week 12.
NFL Betting Pick: Saints 28 Falcons 24
Week 13: Thursday, Nov. 29, at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. ET
There’s nothing like seeing the Cowboys go down – especially at home. The Saints are simply the better team when it comes to all three phases of the game.
NFL Betting Pick: Saints 28 Cowboys 24
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m. ET
New Orleans gets the hard-fought home win in this Week 16 showdown as Drew Brees outguns Ben Roethlisberger.
NFL Betting Pick: Saints 27 Steelers 24