The offensive struggles of Arizona have been a theme for all season, but they stood out against Seattle. Our NFL betting predictions see New Orleans heading to the wilderness with DeAndre Hopkins back, but a unique offensive weapon is leading the way.
The bar for Thursday night’s football game between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals is relatively low. While this Over/Under predicts roughly 45 points, the fact that both offenses are in transition heading into Week 7 means that the last two Thursday games combined for only 40 points.
Both starting quarterbacks for New Orleans, Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton are doubtful due to injury, and the team’s top two wideouts are also sidelined.
The Arizona Cardinals, without top target Hollywood Brown but with WR1 Deandre Hopkins returning from suspension in Week 7, will attempt to resurrect an offense rated 26th in DVOA by Football Outsiders.
New Orleans has been one of the league’s best defenses against tight ends this season, allowing only 29.5 yards per game to the position on average. Still, they have yet to play a tight end as productive as Ertz (or even the Falcons’ overrated TE Kyle Pitts). If Ertz catches a few more passes than expected, he will easily surpass the projections, which are currently slightly below his season average in terms of yards.
The Thursday Night Football spread over/under for the 20th of October’s Saints vs. Cardinals games provide the best NFL betting choices and predictions.