Last Updated on September 21, 2020
- The New Orleans Saints are 5.5-point favorites over the Las Vegas Raiders for Week 2 Monday Night Football.
- Seven of the Saints’ last eight games have gone under on the total points
There’s nothing like Monday Night Football. The NFL week is over and it’s an opportunity for bettors to finish the week with a final win before regrouping for Thursday. This Monday, the New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders will play in the first-ever game at Allegiant Stadium. The Saints jumped the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl odds following their Week 1 win over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Action Rush Monday Night Football betting guide has everything you could possibly need, from the best odds to interesting props to analysis and much, much more.
Saints – Raiders Odds Week 2
As noted earlier, the Saints are one of the Super Bowl favorites following a decisive win over the Buccaneers. Despite Drew Brees getting up there in age, the Saints still know how to move the ball and put points up on the board.
The Raiders, on the other hand, had some trouble with the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, but they don’t ask how they ask how many. A win is a win in the NFL and the Raiders are one step closer to hitting their over on wins, which is currently set to seven.
MNF Preview & Betting Angles
In a week with so many lopsided matchups, Saints-Raiders fits right in. New Orleans is a 5.5-point favorite over Las Vegas, but if you’re looking to bet the underdog, there are some books with the Raiders at +6.
Both teams come into this game with a win under their belts, but they came against very different opponents. The Buccaneers are viewed as a contender this year after signing Tom Brady in the offseason. The Panthers are in a rebuilding phase despite possessing some serious talent on the offensive side of the ball.
The Saints and Raiders put up a ton of points in Week 1, 34 each, to be exact. However, they did it in very different ways. Las Vegas got three scores from its running back, second-year player Josh Jacobs. Derek Carr had a solid game throwing the ball as well, but when it was time to cash in, Jacobs got the call.
New Orleans did most of its damage by taking advantage of two interceptions and a blocked field goal. They scored 17 points off of those costly mistakes and that was the difference in the game. Drew Brees is well on his way to a Hall of Fame induction when it’s all said and done, but it’s clear his career is winding down. He finished Week 1 with 160 yards and one touchdown on 18-for-30 passing.
We know he’s capable of exploding for 300 yards and a few scores at any given moment, but we think those moments are going to happen less often in 2020 than in previous years.
Who is the public betting on?
In general, the public is all over the favorites this week and that is true for Saints-Raiders as well. New Orleans is bringing in 97% of the cash and 98% of the tickets on the spread. There are similar splits on the moneyline despite the fact that the Saints are listed -225.
There is consensus on the total points as well with 84% of the total handle and 91% of wagers on the over. For the most part, bettors have trended towards taking the over in games so far this season, but that is only a slight trend for now. We’ll see if that continues as the season goes on.
Look for player markets to come out sometime over the weekend, but there are already enough team and game props on the board to keep us occupied. One interesting game prop out there is the total touchdowns for the game.
Total Touchdowns — First Half:
Over 2.5 (-148)
Under 2.5 (+105)
Total Touchdowns — Game:
Over 4.5 (-286)
Under 4.5 (+200)
Over 5.5 (-120)
Under 5.5 (-113)
Over 6.5 (+180)
Under 6.5 (-250)
Where To Watch Saints at Raiders
Monday Night Football is broadcast every week exclusively on ESPN and the ESPN app. The broadcast team of Steve Levy, Louis Riddick, and Brian Griese will make their second appearance as this year’s Monday Night Football trio in the booth. Lisa Salters is continuing her work as the sideline reporter for this crew.
Kick-off is set for 8:15 p.m. ET.
Betting Picks & Score Prediction
“Saints” and “under” are two words that you will rarely find in the same sentence, but that’s exactly what I’m saying here. Take the under on Saints-Raiders. It’s as high as 50.5 at some books and with the heavy action coming in, it could jump up another point by Monday.
Sure, both teams put up 34 points last week, but the Saints have a much better defense than the Panthers and we shouldn’t expect the Saints to block another field goal and turn that into points. Expect a somewhat sloppy game with the Raiders trying to pound the rock and keep the ball out of Brees’ hands.
Final score prediction: Saints 30-17
(Small’s 2020 NFL Record: 3-1)
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