Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints Betting Preview

Sunday, December 20, 2020, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, 4:25 p.m. ET

Chiefs at Saints Betting Preview: Chiefs (-3/-110), Saints (+3/-110) 

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs (12-1) have rolled off eight straight victories and are in the driver’s seat for claiming the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. Kansas City’s last five wins have been by a combined 21 points, and it hasn’t registered a blowout win since whipping the lowly New York Jets on Nov. 1. Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has been attempting to help the defense play better and he has six interceptions, including four over the past three games.

The Chiefs lead the NFL in total offense (429.2 yards per game) and rank second in scoring (31.0 points per game) as quarterback Patrick Mahomes is playing superb with a league-high 4,208 yards to go with 33 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Star tight end Travis Kelce leads the NFL with 1,250 yards and the player with 90 catches and nine touchdowns is the first tight end in NFL history to rack up five 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Wideout Tyreek Hill is tied for the NFL lead with 14 touchdown catches and ranks fourth in yardage with 1,158.

Star defensive end Chris Jones (6.5 sacks) went three games without a sack until recording one during last week’s 33-27 win over the Miami Dolphins. Linebacker Damien Wilson (68 tackles) missed practice Wednesday and could sit out his second straight game.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints (10-3) had a nine-game winning snapped with last Sunday’s 24-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles but are still battling the Green Bay Packers for the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed. Quarterback Drew Brees was designated to return to practice on Wednesday after missing the past four games with 11 broken ribs and a punctured lung, but coach Sean Payton said the 41-year-old still has “a ways to go” before he can play in a game. Brees passed for 2,196 yards, 18 touchdowns and three interceptions prior to the injury.

Taysom Hill passed for a career-best 291 yards against the Eagles and also had two touchdowns but he was sacked five times, tossed one interception and lost a fumble in a performance that didn’t impress Payton. Look for Alvin Kamara’s fingerprints to be all over this game plan as the star running back (723 rushing yards, 699 receiving yards) is just three receptions away from reaching 80 catches for the fourth straight season and has scored 52 total touchdowns in 58 career games. Standout receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is ailing but had eight receptions last week and 30 over the past four games.

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson is tied for third in the NFL with 10.5 sacks in a strong breakout season. Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (shoulder) missed Wednesday’s practice and could sit out his second straight contest, while defensive end Marcus Davenport (quadriceps) was limited and should be fine by Sunday.

Chiefs at Saints Betting Pick for Week 15

Kansas City has a major edge at quarterback with Mahomes against Hill as Brees appears to be at least one week away from playing. Kelce and Hill are operating at will against opposing secondaries and the Chiefs feel like they can score at anytime.

Hill’s blemishes were in full view last Sunday and perhaps are what should be expected from a 30-year-old starting NFL games for the first time. New Orleans will score some points against Kansas City’s defense but it is hard to see the Saints slowing down Mahomes.

Chiefs at Saints Betting Pick: 

Chiefs 45, Saints 30

Chiefs at Saints Best Bet for Week 15

Kansas City has topped 30 points eight times this season and Mahomes is on a roll with six straight 300-yard outings. A healthy Brees would for sure make this total over but expect the New Orleans attack to do its part of putting points on the scoreboard regardless.

Chiefs at Saints Best Bet: OVER 51.5 total points (-110)

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4:25 p.m. ET

Saints at Eagles Betting Preview: Saints (-7/-110), Eagles (+7/-110)

New Orleans Saints

The Saints (10-2) clinched a playoff berth last Sunday by defeating the Falcons and earning their ninth consecutive victory, but still have something to play for other than seeding. New Orleans can wrap up their fourth consecutive NFC South title with a victory.

Quarterback Drew Brees (ribs) is eligible to come off injured reserve this week, but the Saints figure to give him another week of recovery and have him play in Week 15 against the Chiefs. The Saints are 8-0 without Brees over the last two seasons.

Taysom Hill is 3-0 as the starter in place of Brees and threw his first two scoring passes in the victory over the Falcons this past weekend.

Philadelphia Eagles

Going nowhere fast, the Eagles are on a four-game losing streak and will move away from quarterback Carson Wentz as rookie Jalen Hurts will make his first career start Sunday.

Hurts took over for Wentz in Sunday’s 30-16 loss to the Packers and went 5 of 12 for 109 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He also had 29 yards rushing on five carries. An Eagles’ defense that is seventh against the pass with 217.2 yards allowed per game, will look to hold Hill’s aerial game in check.

Philadelphia’s rush defense is in the bottom third of the league, though, and containing Saints running back Alvin Kamara could pose a problem. There is also Hill’s running ability to deal with.

Saints at Eagles Betting Pick for Week 14

Even with a playoff spot in hand, Hill figures to be plenty motivated knowing his run as the Saints’ starting quarterback is nearing an end. He will look to build off his two-TD performance last week and show that he can be the team’s QB of the future.

Hurts’ first start figures to give the Eagles a much-needed jolt of energy. If the Saints’ No. 2 rushing defense (76.1 yards per game) keeps Hurts’ scrambling abilities in check, New Orleans has more than enough for a 10th consecutive victory.

Saints at Eagles Betting Pick:

Saints 28, Eagles 17

Saints at Eagles Best Bet for Week 14

The Saints have the fourth best scoring defense in the NFL at 20.1 points allowed per game and have not given up more than 16 in any of their last five games. But that 16 came last weekend even though the Falcons barely had a rushing attack. The Eagles might be able to move the ball some, with play calls designed to get the most out of Hurts. It will give them some unpredictability, at least early.

Saints at Eagles Best Bet: Game OVER 44.5 total points (-110)

Super Bowl Odds Update: Week 14

Happy Wednesday football fans. I can’t believe that we’re already three-fourths of the way through the NFL season. The upcoming stretch will separate the contenders from the pretenders. Last week, the list of title favorites includes the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, and the Seattle Seahawks. 

Ironically, two of those teams were victorious, while the other two teams suffered disappointing losses. With that said, here’s a look at where the title contenders rank based on their performances from Week 13. 

Third-Best Super Bowl Odds: 

Tie: Pittsburgh Steelers & Green Bay Packers (+800)
Last Week: Packers (NR). Steelers (+550)

The Pittsburgh Steelers were the lone undefeated team going into Week 13. In their recent outing against the Washington Football Team, it appeared that Pittsburgh was on its way to adding another win to its resume after jumping out to a 14-0 lead. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off the wagon after that. Washington’s defense came to life, holding the Steelers to just three points the rest of the way en route to an unexpected 23-17 victory. It was the second straight week in which the Steelers played down to the level of their opponent, and this time, they paid the price. However, considering that they are tied for the best record in the NFL, along with having one of the best scoring defenses, it wouldn’t be wise to count them out just yet.

Meanwhile, following a minor setback against the Indianapolis Colts a few weeks ago, the Packers have strung together a pair of victories over the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. Not only are the Packers on their way to another division title, but they are also a top-10 team in rushing; a top-five team through the air and they have the second-best offense in the NFL. I should also mention that their 31.6 points per contest is tops in the NFL. While the Packers haven’t always played up to their potential, this a team that opposing defenses do not want to face in the postseason. 

Second-Best Super Bowl Odds:

New Orleans Saints (+500)
Last Week: (+550)

A week ago, the Saints were tied for the second-best title odds with the Steelers. But thanks to the Steelers’ recent loss, the Saints have sole possession of second place on our weekly list. While their 21-16 win over the lowly Atlanta Falcons wasn’t overly impressive, it marked the team’s ninth straight victory following a 1-2 start. On top of that, Drew Brees has been on the shelf nursing an injury over the last three games. During that stretch, backup quarterback Taysom Hill hasn’t been lighting up the scoreboard, but he’s made enough plays under center to keep the Saints’ offense operating at a respectable level. And from a defensive standpoint, New Orleans has given up a total of 28 points in their last three games. Given the fact that New Orleans continues to win games with one of its best players out of the mix, this is a team that you should keep a watchful eye on come playoff time. 

Super Bowl Odds Favorites: 

Kansas City Chiefs (+210)
Last week (+275) 

The defending champion Kansas City Chiefs continue to sit atop the leaderboard in the title odds race. Although their 22-16 win over the Denver Broncos was a lot closer than most expected, the Chiefs are now tied with the Steelers for the best record in the NFL. Not only that, this team has one of the most explosive offenses in the league. In addition to compiling over 300 yards through the air over the past five games, Kansas City is ranked first in overall offense (427.6 yards per game), passing yards (314.4) and they have the second-highest scoring offense at 30.8 points per contest. No, the Chiefs don’t have a great running game, and they certainly have room for improvement from a defensive standpoint. At the same time, putting your money on this team would not be a bad idea at this point. 

Super Bowl Odds Update: Week 13

Hello NFL fans and welcome back to our weekly column where we’ve been discussing the list of teams that are considered legitimate title contenders. A week ago, the Kansas City Chiefs, the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rounded out the coveted list.

For the second straight week, we have two teams that share the second-best odds. Since that is the case, I’m going to include four teams on the list again this week instead of three. With that said, here’s a look at the teams with the best odds to win the big game in 2021 (according to Unibet).

Third-Best Super Bowl Odds:

Seattle Seahawks (+900).
Last week (NR)

As many of you may recall, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the third-best odds last week. But following a 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, they have fallen from our top-three list. The Seattle Seahawks have been a mixed bag this season. They started the season with a 5-0 record and then they went on to lose three of their next four contests. Fortunately, Seattle has righted the ship somewhat as they have bounced back with a pair of wins against the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles. While the Seahawks are one of the top-scoring teams in the league (ranked third – 31 points per contest), they are also ranked dead last in total defense. That said, unless they can find a way to improve on that side of the football, the chances of them going on a deep playoff run are pretty slim right now.

Second-Best Super Bowl Odds:

Tie: Pittsburgh Steelers & New Orleans Saints (+550)
Last Week: No change for either team

To avoid sounding like too much of a hater, I’m going to give the New Orleans Saints some kudos. First, they have won eight straight following a 1-2 start. Second, a few of those wins have occurred with Drew Brees on the shelf with an injury over the past two-and-half games. Taking that into consideration, the Saints deserve a little praise for their 9-2 record.

On the other hand, the Steelers must be feeling slighted to an extent. Sure, they’ve had a couple of unimpressive outings during the season. Their 24-19 win over the Dallas Cowboys was nothing to be overly excited about. And head coach Mike Tomlin stated that the team’s recent performance against the Baltimore Ravens could be categorized as junior varsity. But despite the game being rescheduled twice, the Steelers still came out on top 19-14.

In addition to being the only unbeaten team in the NFL, the Steelers are ranked seventh in rushing defense (105.7 yards per game), third in overall defense (298.9 yards per game), and first in passing defense (193.2 yards per outing). Given those factors, the Steelers should have the better odds here and it will be interesting to see if that changes at all should both of these continue playing well down the stretch.

Super Bowl Odds Favorites:

Kansas City Chiefs (+275)
Last week (+300)

The Chiefs have been considered the odds-on favorite to win it all for quite some time now and that trend continues going into Week 13. While the Saints have won nine straight, the Chiefs have been on a bit of a roll in their own right. After a 40-32 setback against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5, the defending champs have reeled off six straight, including a 27-24 win over the Buccaneers in Week 12. In that contest, Patrick Mahomes II had his best game of the season, throwing for 462 yards to go along with three touchdowns. With the Chiefs have found their footing in the passing game, this team will be tough to stop the rest of the way. Simply put, KC and Pittsburgh should be the teams to keep an eye on as the season draws to a close.

Even the Chiefs’ hype game is the favorite!

New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos Betting Preview

Sunday, November 29, 2020, Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado, 4:05 p.m. ET

Saints at Broncos Betting Preview: Saints (-5.5/-114), Broncos (+5.5/-106)

New Orleans Saints

Quarterback Taysom Hill stood out in his first career NFL start and he now looks to lead the Saints (8-2) to their eighth consecutive victory. Hill completed 18 of 23 passes for 233 yards and rushed for 49 yards and two touchdowns as New Orleans recorded a 24-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.

They won by at least 14 points for the third straight week despite the absence of Drew Brees (fractured ribs). Saints coach Sean Payton has boasted about the 30-year-old Hill’s quarterbacking skills, and the first NFL’s first extended view was an overwhelming success. Receiver Michael Thomas had season bests of nine catches and 104 yards in the contest but still hasn’t found the end zone in four games this season.

Running back Alvin Kamara finds the end zone often as he ranks second in the NFL with 12 touchdowns (eight rushing, four receiving) while also ranking second with 1,179 yards from scrimmage (531 rushing, 648 receiving). Trey Hendrickson had two sacks against Atlanta and is tied for the NFL lead with 9.5 while fellow defensive end Cameron Jordan (5.5) posted three sacks against the Falcons. Kamara (foot) and Thomas (ankle) were limited in practice on Wednesday, but neither player is believed to be in danger of missing the game.

Guard Andrus Peat (concussion) and standout returner Deonte Harris (neck) were hurt against Atlanta and both could sit out. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen) was a full practice participant Wednesday, and he should return after missing one game.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos (4-6) will be attempting to record consecutive wins for the second time this season after producing a solid 20-13 win over the Miami Dolphins. The defensive effort rated as a huge improvement after Denver gave up 144 points in the previous four games, yielding at least 30 on each occasion.

The Broncos allowed just 223 total yards and sacked Miami’s overmatched Tua Tagovailoa six times before the rookie was removed in favor of veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Denver quarterback Drew Lock was been turnover-prone and is tied for second in the NFL with 11 interceptions and is a big reason why the team owns an NFL-worst minus-13 turnover ratio (23 giveaways, 10 takeaways). Lock, who has thrown for 1,767 yards and seven touchdowns, passed for 270 yards against Miami, his second-best total of the season.

Running back Melvin Gordon (523 rushing yards, seven total scores) averaged a season-best 5.6 yards per carry while gaining 84 yards with two touchdowns against the Dolphins. Standout rookie wideout Jerry Jeudy (37 receptions, 589 yards) is dealing with ankle and Achilles soreness and was a limited practice participant on Wednesday. Cornerback Bryce Callahan (foot) sat out Wednesday and will be monitored throughout the week.

Saints at Broncos Betting Pick for Week 12

New Orleans is 3-1 on the road this season, including a 38-3 slaughter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9. The Saints have lost five straight games to the Broncos since their recording their lone victory in Denver — a 30-28 victory in 1994 when the quarterbacks were Jim Everett (Saints) and Hugh Millen (Broncos), with the latter filling in for injured John Elway.

But history is less of a factor than the Mile High altitude, and Hill is used to playing at elevation from his college career at BYU. Factor in Lock’s pattern of turnovers and the Broncos seem likely to fall just short.

Saints at Broncos Betting Pick: Saints 31, Broncos 27

Saints at Broncos Best Bet for Week 12

Hill’s ability to run combined with Kamara’s all-around game spells trouble for Denver defenders. If Gordon plays as well as he did last week, the Broncos’ offense will be potent.

Saints at Broncos Best Bet: OVER 43.5 total points (-106)

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Betting Preview

Sunday, November 22, 2020, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1 p.m. ET

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Betting Preview: Falcons (+4.5/-105), Saints (-4.5/-115)

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons don’t have to face Drew Brees, but they weren’t fazed the last time they faced him in the Superdome. It was Brees’ second game back from a five-game absence due to thumb surgery and the Falcons ended the Saints’ six-game winning streak with a dominant 26-9 triumph last season.

Atlanta is familiar with both Jameis Winston, from his time in Tampa Bay, and Taysom Hill, who both figure to see action in place of Brees, who is sidelined indefinitely by rib and lung injuries.

The Falcons are 3-6, but they are 2-1 after winning their last two under interim head coach Raheem Morris going into their bye last week. Their passing game is still one of the most dangerous in the NFL with Matt Ryan throwing to Julio Jones, though Calvin Ridley’s availability is uncertain due to a foot injury.

In his last four games, Ryan has completed 72.8 percent for an average of 318.5 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Todd Gurley has nine rushing touchdowns but is averaging just 3.7 yards per attempt. Since Morris took over, Atlanta is allowing the third-fewest rushing yards per game (86.5) and the fifth-lowest third-down conversion percentage (32.6).

New Orleans Saints

The Saints (7-2) went 5-0 without Brees last season, but that was with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. Winston completed 6 of 10 passes for 63 yards while playing most of the second half in Brees’ absence after the injury against San Francisco last week. Hill ran eight times for 45 yards and lost a fumble.

Whoever plays quarterback will rely heavily on running back Alvin Kamara, who is No. 2 in NFL in yards from scrimmage, and All-Pro wideout Michael Thomas. Kamara is averaging 4.7 yards per rush, has caught 67 passes and has scored touchdowns on seven rushes and four receptions. Thomas, who is recovering from ankle and hamstring injuries that sidelined him for more than a month, had 13 catches for 152 yards in the loss to the Falcons last season. New Orleans won the rematch 26-16 on Thanksgiving to clinch its third consecutive NFC South title.

The Saints have won six straight and the defense has been exceptional in the last two games. They have seven takeaways (two by special teams) in the last two games and rank second in run defense.

Falcons at Saints Betting Pick for Week 11

Kamara is having an MVP-caliber season and the defense is getting healthier and better, which will help mitigate Brees’ absence. Kicker Wil Lutz, punter Thomas Morstead and All-Pro return specialist Deonte Harris will help put New Orleans over the top.

Falcons at Saints Betting Pick:

Saints 26, Falcons 24

Falcons at Saints Best Bet for Week 11

Brees’ absence will be felt most in the red zone, where touchdowns will be less likely than field goals. Both teams have been playing their best defense of the season of late, so don’t look for a shootout.

Falcons at Saints Best Bet:

UNDER 50.5 total points (-110)

NFL Extends Virtual Workouts Schedule

Virtual off-season workouts will now run through May

It looks like NFL players will not be seeing the field or training facilities for a while. Around 1:00 PM EST today, Adam Schefter tweeted that the league informed all teams that its virtual offseason program has been extended through the end of May. The virtual offseason was originally scheduled to run through May 15th.

The NFL and the NFLPA agreed to a voluntary offseason program back on April 13th. The league’s offseason program started on April 20th and was scheduled to run through this Friday.

Only one team has not participated in the NFL’s virtual offseason program: the New Orleans Saints. Back on April 22nd, New Orleans announced that they canceled all offseason workout programs until the start of Training Camp due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Sean Payton did test positive for Coronavirus in the middle of last month, but he eventually did announce that he had been “cleared” of the disease on March 25th.

Reports: Jameis Winston To Sign With The Saints

Former Buccaneers’ QB expected to sign a one-year deal with New Orleans

After an off-season of QBs moving all over the place, it appears that Jameis Winston will be continuing his NFL career in the NFC South. Earlier today, sources told Yahoo Sports the former number one overall draft pick is finalizing a deal with the New Orleans Saints. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the deal between Winston and New Orleans is for only one year. The details of Winston’s salary for this upcoming season have not yet been released.

Previously, Jameis Winston had been serving as Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since the start of the 2015 season. After Tampa Bay signed QB Tom Brady this off-season, the Bucs decided to let Winston’s contract expire, allowing him to become a free agent. After more than a month of trades and acquisitions, Winston finally has a new home.

Sources told Yahoo Sports that Winston’s role in the Saints’ offense is not yet clear. Furthermore, the sources are saying that Winston is not guaranteed the back-up job behind starting QB Drew Brees. It appears that Winston will have to compete with QB Taysom Hill for the number two spot on the Quarterback depth chart. New Orleans also selected Mississippi State Quarterback Tommy Stevens in a later round of this year’s NFL Draft, so Winston will likely have to compete against Stevens as well.

Jameis Winston has played in the NFL for five seasons after being taken with the number one overall pick in the 2015 Draft by Tampa Bay. Over the last five years, Winston has completed 61.3% of his passes for 19737 Passing Yards and 121 Passing Touchdowns. Winston earned Pro Bowl honors in 2015 and also led the NFL in passing yards last season as well as interceptions thrown. He turned 26 this past January.

Former Saints Kicker Tom Dempsey Dies

Tom Dempsey passed away Saturday due to Coronavirus, says his daughter

An NFL legend and New Orleans icon has died. Late last night, former New Orleans Saints Kicker Tom Dempsey passed away due to complications from the Coronavirus according to his daughter. Ashley Dempsey, Tom’s daughter, said that the former NFL legend had tested positive for Coronavirus last week.

Tom Dempsey played in the NFL for 11 seasons despite being born without toes on his kicking foot. He was a member of five different teams during his career: the Eagles, the Bills, the Houston Oilers, the Rams, and the Saints.

Dempsey’s most famous achievement came when he was with the New Orleans Saints, after he hit a 63-yard game-winning field goal on November 8th, 1970 to lift New Orleans over the Detroit Lions. That 63-yard field goal stood as an NFL record for 43 years. The record for the longest field goal in an NFL game was eventually broken by Matt Prater in 2013.

Although Dempsey tested positive for Coronavirus, the Orleans Parish Coroner has not yet released an official cause of death. Tom Dempsey was 73 years old.