New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks – Monday Night Football, October, 25, 2021

By Dan Vasta in NFL
| October 22, 2021 12:25 pm PST

The NFL season is heating up, and some teams have already had their bye weeks. New Orleans is one of them, and they are surging in the NFC playoff picture with others injured.

New Orleans won the NFC South last season but was disappointed in the NFC playoffs against Tampa Bay. Drew Brees retired, and Michael Thomas (ankle) has yet to play this season after an injury-riddled 2020 season.

The defense has been playing outstanding football, but there is plenty of room for growth. New Orleans has been an inconsistent squad. We saw them handle Green Bay in the opener. They then lost to Carolina and New York (NFC).

They were able to defeat New England and Washington, but those teams have struggled. The Saints could get enough wins to stay in the playoff hunt, and a road victory in Seattle would be pivotal.

The Seahawks are licking their wounds after suffering more than enough injuries in September and October. Chris Carson (neck) and Russell Wilson (finger) are just a few injuries that have left a negative impact.

The NFC West is only getting more challenging by the week, putting pressure on Seattle to win before they fall too far behind in the division.

Here are your latest odds for this Monday Night Football clash between the Saints and Seahawks via SportsBetting.ag.

Saints vs. Seahawks Odds

Saints (-5)-103
Seahawks (+5)-117
Saints to Win-222
Seahawks to Win+192
Over 42.5-110
Under 42.5-110

The Seahawks have covered eight of their past ten home games in which they were an underdog. They are on a two-game losing streak, but the Seahawks have won six of their last eight games outright as a home dog.

The Saints have had some success of their own against the spread as a road favorite. They are 6-2 in their past eight, with six outright wins. They are 8-2 against the spread as a road favorite, of a touchdown or less.

The number has been consistent for Seattle. Rarely do we see them as double-digit dogs at home. They have not been more than a touchdown underdog at home since 2000.

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Why the Saints Will Win

The Saints have the goods thanks to Jameis Winston taking care of the ball. Alvin Kamara has nearly 500 yards of offense and has been a threat in the passing department in all but one game.

New Orleans has been getting more from Marquez Callaway thanks to his big-play ability. Callaway is one of the few consistent threats, and he has shown that in the absence of Michael Thomas.

The Seattle defense has been abysmal, and they will need to improve upon these pedestrian numbers.

  • No. 32 in Total Defense (433.2 yards per game)
  • No. 28 in Pass Defense (292.3 yards per game)
  • No. 30 in Rush Defense (140.8 yards per game)

If Winston can take care of the ball, the Saints should have no issue staying in this game. The numbers have not been as dominant as we have seen with the best Sean Payton offenses. Still, they are productive enough for a defense that has a few studs feasting in the backfield.

Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis have lived in the backfield, registering plenty of tackles for losses on opposing quarterbacks and running backs. Seattle has not resembled a consistent rushing attack, giving the Saints a chance to win this game with their defense.

Why the Seahawks Will Win

Life after Russell Wilson is a scary proposition. Chris Carson hasn’t played in a month, and Alex Collins took some hits last week against the Steelers. Life in the NFL this season has been full of nagging injuries.

Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf will need to carry this offense on its backs. Lockett has been feast or famine lately, but Metcalf will need to perform like the future All-Pro talents he possesses. Lockett is a solid route runner that has consistently gotten by defenses.

Both of these two should continue to post better numbers with quarterback Geno Smith. The former West Virginia passer is solid enough of a signal-caller for Seattle to avoid embarrassment. He showed some promise against the Rams in the fourth quarter due to his legs.

We hardly saw that against Pittsburgh, but the credit belongs to their defense that harassed Smith on Sunday Night Football. Lockett and Metcalf are two that can get open and expose most defensive backs.

Lockett can haul in large chunks for touchdowns, and Metcalf can take a corner for a ride to the end zone. If both step up their games from the past few weeks, Seattle can find a way to win this one late in the game.

Saints vs. Seahawks Prediction

Bobby Wagner has been with Seattle since 2012, which is crazy. He is a future Hall of Famer that has carried this defense and the rest of the roster in spurts. There need to be more players with the talents of Wagner, but that is easier said than done.

Their lack of a solid cover corner has been costly over the years since the Legion of Boom has been more like the Legion of Doom. They have been unable to slow or limit enough plays on third downs. Opposing quarterbacks have been licking their chops.

New Orleans has been giving up a decent amount of yards, but this is one of the biggest mystery box games of the week.

Anything has happened on Monday Night Football this season. Home teams have gone 6-0 thus far. I will stay with that trend in a game that will turn out to be a defensive struggle.

Saints vs. Seahawks Betting Pick

The general public will be siding with the road favorite in New Orleans. Seattle has not been consistent enough to show confidence in selecting them. However, they have done an exceptional job as home underdogs.

There is nothing like fading the general public on at least a few predictions every week. Seattle is not a trendy pick, but getting almost a touchdown at home is worth a play.

Pick
  • Seahawks (+5)
    -117

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