The New Orleans Saints will look to win their second straight game early this Sunday morning when they face the Miami Dolphins across the pond. Kickoff will be at 9:30 AM EST on Sunday, October 1 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. This game can be seen nationally on FOX.
Oddsmakers currently have the Saints as slight 2.5 point favorites. That line has changed from earlier this week when this game originally opened as a Pick’Em . The over/under for the game is set at 49.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 4 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Saints vs Dolphins Vegas Odds & Game Preview
The Saints finally picked up their first win of the season last week, beating the Carolina Panthers handily 34-13 on the road. Drew Brees, who has struggled playing away from the Superdome for most of his career, led the way for New Orleans with 220 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. WR Michael Thomas was also finally able to finally break-out, as he added almost 100 yards receiving and a touchdown of his own. The much-maligned Saints defense looked much improved and put a ton of pressure on Cam Newton all game. However, they still have a long way to go to change perceptions around the league, as this unit has been ranked in the bottom third of the NFL for awhile now.
Miami looked absolutely horrible last weekend in their second game of the year, losing to the lowly New York Jets 20-6. The Dolphins struggled to get anything going on offense all game, which was somewhat of a surprise considering they were facing a Jets defense that was ranked dead last in the entire league heading into the game. RB Jay Ajayi, who seemed poised for a huge day against a porous New York run defense, appeared to injure himself on the Dolphins first possession of the game. He managed to return later in the first quarter but was extremely ineffective, rushing for just 16 yards on 11 carries. Cutler looked mediocre as well, as he barely topped 200 yards passing and only found the endzone at the very end of the 4th quarter during garbage time. It will be interesting to see how Miami defense stacks up against this skilled New Orleans offense, especially since they haven’t really faced a high-powered attack yet this season.
Free Pro Football Pick Against the Spread: Saints -2.5
There should be a lot of offense on display for NFL fans in the United Kingdom again this Sunday after the Jaguars beat up on the Ravens last weekend 44-6. Both of these defenses aren’t all that great, and there is definitely a ton of offensive talent on both sides. Cutler has appeared to focus in on whoever has the better match-up between Jarvis Landry or DeVante Parker. Both receivers should have a big game on Sunday morning, as this Saints secondary lacks any real talent until Delvin Breaux is able to return later in the season. However, I really liked what I saw from the Saints last weekend and will always feel more comfortable siding with Drew Brees to outduel Jay Cutler. I feel that the spread for this game is small enough to feel confident taking New Orleans to win their second consecutive game.
Both games that the Saints have lost this season have been against really talented teams (Minnesota and New England). On the other hand, the Dolphins just lost to arguably the worst team in the entire league in the New York Jets. Cutler looked mediocre at best and I’m still slightly concerned with the health of Jay Ajayi. Although this appears to be a good match-up for the Miami offense on paper, they didn’t exactly take advantage of their cupcake match-up last weekend.
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New Orleans just proved last weekend that they are capable of winning outside of the Superdome. Their defense even succeeded in limiting highly skilled players – Kelvin Benjamin was held in-check and Cam Newton didn’t really manage to get anything going all game. Even if the Dolphins do manage to find a little more success against this New Orleans defense, Brees and Co. should manage to counter-punch a few times before pulling away in the second half.