All of the best online betting sites had the New Orleans Saints down for the count and out of the playoffs after week four when the team was 0-4. Very few people thought that the Saints would battle back to a 5-5 record and be in a position to win an important conference game over the visiting San Francisco 49ers. But after a run of three wins in a row, that is exactly where the Saints find itself. As the 49ers get ready to come to town, the Saints are keeping their eye on the prize and stay focused on winning one game at a time.
The San Francisco 49ers coaching staff is playing with fire. The NFL betting experts will admit that second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick played a solid game against the Chicago Bears on Monday night, but the 49ers are causing more problems than it is solving by not giving the ball back to Alex Smith. It has not yet been announced that Smith has recovered enough from his concussion to start playing again, but the lack of information from San Francisco is causing problems. The 49ers already insulted Alex Smith once by working out Peyton Manning in the offseason. By not instantly diffusing a potential quarterback controversy, the 49ers are inviting more trouble at the quarterback position.
New Orleans Saints
It is not totally accurate to say that the Saints has given up on its offense just yet, but it is getting close to that. The online betting experts have noticed that New Orleans is preferring to win shootouts against opponents as opposed to grinding any opposing offense to a halt. That approach works against most teams, especially when Drew Brees is the quarterback. This approach can be especially successful against a team who is jeopardizing its offense by not making quick decisions at the quarterback position. The 49ers are ill-equipped to play this game.
San Francisco 49ers
The Saints will find ways to score points on the 49ers’ defense. That is saying a lot because most football betting experts consider the San Francisco defense to be one of the best in the league. But New Orleans has been able to score points at will, and the 49ers may not be able to stop Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense. That leaves the San Francisco offense to try and out-score the New Orleans offense, which is not going to happen.
The Bottom Line
The fans can feel the lack of confidence in Alex Smith coming from the San Francisco 49ers from time to time. The New Orleans Saints will use that indecision to help poke a hole in the San Francisco armor and come away with a win in this game. It may not be a deciding game for the 49ers, but it will be a huge boost to the Saints.
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Pick: New Orleans Saints