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Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints Predictions, Odds, Picks and NFL Week 8 Betting Preview – October 30, 2016

Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints Predictions, Odds, Picks and NFL Week 8 Betting Preview – October 30, 2016

Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints Preview

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome — New Orleans, Louisiana

When: Sunday, October 30, 2016, 1:00 PM ET

Line: Seattle Seahawks (-3) at New Orleans Saints (+3); total: 47.0 – view all NFL lines

TV Broadcast: FOX

Writer’s Pick: Seattle Seahawks (-3)

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Betting on the Seattle Seahawks (-3)

The Seattle Seahawks should be 5-1 right now if only Stephen Hauschka didn’t miss a short 27-yard field goal that would have given them the overtime victory against the Cardinals on Sunday night. Instead, both clubs had to settle for a 6-6 tie, the first draw in the NFL since 2014 and the first one ever for the Seahawks franchise.

In all honesty, Seattle should be happy with the outcome considering how bad they played offensively. The team only racked up 257 yards of total offense, 11 first downs and was 3-of-14 on third down conversions. It was obvious from the get-go, though, that Russell Wilson, who passed for just 225 yards, was playing hurt. He was fortunate that the defense kept them in the game.

Well, this coming weekend’s trip to New Orleans should be where the Seahawks score some touchdowns. The Saints, for those who still don’t know, don’t really like playing defense. A proof of this would be the fact that they’ve surrendered 35 or more points in all but two of their games this season.

On defense, though, is where the Seahawks can’t afford to slack off or be overconfident. Yes, the Saints are the one of the worst defensive teams in the league, but offensively, they’re the opposite. New Orleans has one of the best quarterbacks in the league Drew Brees leading an offense that’s averaging 421.7 yards and nearly 30 points per game.

Seattle is 7-2-1 SU and 6-4 ATS in its last 10 road games.

Betting on the New Orleans Saints (+3)

Some costly turnovers, penalties and a relatively slow start hurt the New Orleans Saints’ chances of beating the Chiefs on Sunday.

Well, Drew Brees almost rallied his team all the way back from a 14-point halftime deficit. He put the Saints a field goal away from tying the game via a 10-yard scoring pass to Brandon Coleman with less than three minutes to play. The star quarterback finished with 367 yards passing, three touchdowns and an interception.

New Orleans, however, can’t keep relying too much on its signal-caller. They need to grow up and take every step forward as one cohesive unit. Plus, they need to stop committing avoidable mistakes. These problems can’t be all fixed at once, but a win, or at least a valiant effort, in this weekend’s showdown with the Seahawks should quicken the process.

The Saints’ running game, in particular, is going to be crucial for this game. The Seattle pass rush is bound to prevent Brees from making his usual passes or movements, so Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower have to step it up by gaining some yards on ground. The former owns a team-high of 272 rushing yards this season, but has only reached the end zone once.

Speaking of reaching the end zone, Michael Thomas has been doing just that for the past few games. The rookie receiver has one touchdown each in all but one of New Orleans’ previous three games. Thomas also had a career performance against Kansas City, registering his first-ever 100-yard performance in the NFL. Expect him to continue being one of Brees’ top red-zone targets.

Brees and co. are 5-4-1 ATS in its last 10 home games.

Writer’s Prediction

Seahawks (-3) win and cover.

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