New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks
Saturday, 1/11/14, 4:35 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Seattle -8
Current Betting Line: Seattle -8
Opening Total: 48
Current Total: 44.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
New Orleans will try to win a second consecutive playoff game on the road for the first time in franchise history, as it came away with a 26-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles as three-point underdogs last time out. The Saints were absolutely manhandled in a 34-7 road defeat to the Seahawks earlier this year, as quarterback Drew Brees was held to a season-low 147 passing yards, which is impossible to ignore when making your NFL predictions. The team gained just 188 total yards in that affair—fewest in the Sean Payton era since 2006. New Orleans is 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS when seeking revenge this season, with the UNDER cashing in all three opportunities.
The Saints have certainly been a different team away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, with Brees having a 84.0 passer rating in that situation in comparison to an electrifying 126.3 at home. New Orleans ran for 185 yards on 36 carries in its wild-card victory over Philadelphia, but it’ll only be able to reach those numbers if the squad is able to avoid an early deficit.
Seattle is hosting a divisional playoff game for just the second time in franchise history, but the 12th man will be ready to roar at CenturyLink Field for a full 60 minutes. The Seahawks were 13-3 during the regular season—winning the NFC West and clinching the NFC’s No. 1 spot in the postseason. Defensively, the team ranked second in the league in yards allowed, as it prepares to match up with New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham. He was limited to three catches for 42 yards in the first meeting this year. Seattle is 9-1 SUATS as favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Seahawks are certainly balanced on the offensive end, which benefits signal-caller Russell Wilson on the football field, as he passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 13 matchup. If Seattle gets a similar performance—it will most certainly advance to the championship game. The team has allowed just 16 touchdown passes and held opposing quarterbacks to a league-low passer rating of 63.4.
Sports bettors will likely back the Seahawks due to the home team being 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
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