Redskins vs. Saints Week 5 Betting OddsLine: Saints -6
The 2-1 Washington Redskins will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in this week’s Monday night matchup. Both teams are coming off wins in the last game they played as the Redskins had an early season bye last week. New Orleans won their third in a row with an impressive 33-18 road victory over the New Orleans Giants. The Saints trailed 7-0 in the second quarter but outscored the Giants 33-11 the rest of the game. Washington had an impressive 31-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers in week 3. The Redskins enter this contest well rested and well prepared as they had 2 weeks to prepare for this game. Against the Packers in week 3, Adrian Peterson turned back the clock with 120 yards and 2 touchdowns on 19 carries. The 2 touchdowns now put him in a tie for 7th place all time with 102 rushing touchdowns. Alex Smith had a nice game as he completed 12 of 20 passes for 220 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target was Jordan Reed who had 4 catches for 65 yards. Vernion Davis led the team with 70 yards on just 2 receptions. Defensively, they were able to recover 1 fumble and sack Aaron Rodgers 4 times for a loss of 25 yards. They struggled against the rush as the Packers gained 100 yards on just 17 carries, which is an average of 5.9 yards per run. For the season, the Redskins defense has allowed their opponents to score an average of 14.7 points and 289 yards per game. The Saints offense has been rolling all season and Alvin Kamara has been a big part of it. Last week he ran for 134 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 19 carries, while also leading the team in receptions with 5 for another 47 yards. He now has 5 rushing touchdowns in the teams first 4 games. Drew Brees was able to earn the victory despite not throwing a touchdown pass. He completed 18 of 32 passes for 217 yards and didn’t throw an interception. The Saints had 4 different receivers catch passes that gained over 20 yards. Defensively, they recovered 2 fumbles, sacked Eli Manning 3 times and had 6 tackles for losses. They shut the Giants potent running game down allowing them to gain just 65 yards on 15 carries. Before limiting the Giants to 18 points, the Saints defense had allowed their first 3 opponents to average 31 points per game. The Saints will have home field advantage for this game and are favored by 6 points. They have gone 2-2 against the spread this season including 0-2 at home. Washington has gone 2-1 against the spread so far this season including 1-0 on the road. Running back Mark Ingram is returning for the Saints this week after sitting out the first 4 weeks serving a suspension giving their already potent offense another powerful weapon. This is an important early season matchup as the Redskins sit atop the NFC East while the Saints are alone in first place in the NFC South.
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