It’s an important game Monday night to close NFL Week 5 between the Redskins and Saints with both holding winning records, but it will likely be overshadowed by Drew Brees, who should break the NFL’s all-time passing yardage record. His Saints are also solidly favored in the NFL odds to improve to 4-1.
How to Bet Redskins at Saints NFL Week 5 Lines & Game Info
- When: Monday, 8:15 PM ET
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: http://www.siriusxm.com/nfl
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NFL Week 5 Lines: New Orleans Saints -6.5 (Total 52.5)
- Clear: 26°C/79°F
- Humidity: 84%
- Precipitation: 8%
- Cloud Cover: 19%
- Wind: 11 mph E
- Stadium Type: Indoor
These teams played a barnburner in the Superdome last year as the Saints won 34-31 in overtime despite trailing by 15 (31-16) with just under three minutes left in regulation. Drew Brees passed for 385 yards and two touchdowns, going 11 of 11 for 164 yards and his only two touchdowns on New Orleans’ final two possessions of regulation. His first TD went to tight end Josh Hill with 2:53 to go and the last to Alvin Kamara with 1:05 left.
Mark Ingram capped a 131-yard rushing performance with gains of 20 and 31 yards on back-to-back carries in overtime to set up Wil Lutz’s winning 28-yard kick. Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 322 yards and three scores, but he’s now with Minnesota.
Why Bet on Washington?
The Redskins will be well-rested as they come off their bye. That doesn’t mean 100 percent healthy. Receiver Josh Doctson is considered day to day with a bruised heel. He had it kicked during practice Monday. Doctson did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Left tackle Trent Williams (knee) and running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) both were limited but all should play.
Peterson has been unbelievable after being signed off the street in August. In Washington’s Week 3 upset of Green Bay, Peterson rushed for 120 and two scores, but he believes he could have done more with the blocking. “Should have been 160, 170 yards,” Peterson said. “I left too many yards out on the field.” Peterson now has 45 carries for 216 yards in Washington’s two wins and 11 carries for 20 yards in their one loss.
Peterson started last season with New Orleans but was traded with the emergence of Saints then-rookie Alvin Kamara. Peterson played four games with the Saints before they traded him to Arizona. He carried the ball only 27 times for 81 yards, serving as one of three backs in a rotation. After Peterson left, Kamara’s role increased. He averaged 3.75 carries per game with Peterson on the roster and 8.75 after Peterson was traded.
Alex Smith completed 12-of-20 passes for 220 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the 31-17 victory over Green Bay. He added seven rushes for 20 additional yards. He’s off to a nice start following the trade from Kansas City.
Washington has one of the best pass defenses in the NFL thus far, allowing just 187 yards per game.
- Average Score For: 21.33
- Total Yards: 383.00
- Rush Yards: 137.67
- Passing Yards: 245.33
- Average Score Against: 14.67
- Total Yards: 278.00
- Rush Yards: 90.67
- Passing Yards: 187.33
Why Bet on New Orleans?
With 201 passing yards on Monday, Drew Brees (71,740 passing yards) can surpass Hall of Famer Brett Favre (71,838) and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Peyton Manning (71,940) to become the NFL’s all-time leading passer. In Week 3, Brees (6,344 completions) passed Favre (6,300) for the most completions in league annals.
Brady, who ranks third in NFL history with 497 career touchdown passes, and Brees, whose 496 touchdown passes are the fourth-most in league history, can become the third and fourth quarterbacks to throw for at least 500 career touchdown passes, joining Manning (539) and Favre (508). Brady went for 500 on Thursday vs. the Colts.
It’s all but a lock that Brees passes Manning on Monday as Brees hasn’t thrown for fewer than 200 yards in a loss since 2013 in a Week 13 game vs. Seattle. He threw for 147 that day, averaging 3.69 yards per attempt. The Redskins nearly held him to fewer than 200 yards in a 2015 victory, but Brees still managed 209. There were two games in which Brees threw for fewer than 200 yards last season, but both were in blowout victories.
New Orleans welcomes back running back Mark Ingram from suspension. Saints coach Sean Payton said, “we’ll figure out the balance” between Alvin Kamara and Ingram. Kamara has been perhaps the best overall running back in the NFL thus far in 2018. Ingram is going to cut into his workload but probably not to the degree he did in 2017. Ingram averaged 18 touches per game last season.
Saints kicker Wil Lutz was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month after leading the NFL with 41 points in September. Lutz made 10 of 11 field-goal attempts, including a 44-yarder in the final minute to help beat the Browns by three points in Week 2. And he was a perfect “6-for-4” in the first half of New Orleans’ Week 4 win at the Giants when he had to re-kick two of his field goals because they were nullified.
- Average Score For: 34.25
- Total Yards: 418.25
- Rush Yards: 104.50
- Passing Yards: 313.75
- Average Score Against: 30.25
- Total Yards: 390.50
- Rush Yards: 79.50
- Passing Yards: 311.00
Redskins at Saints NFL Week 5 Betting Trends
- Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings
- Redskins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in New Orleans
- Underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings
- Redskins are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a bye week
- Redskins are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win
- Saints are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 games in October
- Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games
- New Orleans is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 7 games at home
Expert NFL Betting Prediction for Redskins at Saints
Saints in what should be another shootout.