- BetOnline has the Seahawks as 5-point road underdogs versus the Saints on Monday Night Football
- At 2-4, Seattle is in danger of finishing with a losing record for the first time since drafting Russell Wilson in 2012
- Jameis Winston has 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions in five starts this season
With Russell Wilson only available for bizarre pregame routines and overtime coin flips, the 2-4 Seattle Seahawks will hope Geno Smith can save their season on Monday Night Football against Jameis Winston and the 3-2 New Orleans Saints.
Monday Night Football – Week 7
|Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|New Orleans Saints||-5.0 (-115)||-225||Ov 43.5 (-105)|
|Seattle Seahawks||+5.0 (-105)||+195||Un 43.5 (-115)|
Seahawks vs Saints
Coming off their bye, New Orleans is a 5-point road favorite in Seattle on Monday night. The Saints have run hot and cold in their first season without Drew Brees, with impressive wins over Green Bay and New England (as well as Washington) and dispiriting losses to the Panthers and Giants.
Sean Payton’s early-season strategy has been to keep the ball out of his quarterback’s hands, feeding Alvin Kamara career-highs in carries in both Week 3 (24) and Week 4 (26), and for the most part the strategy has worked. Through five games, Jameis Winston has nearly 900 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions, while topping 23 pass attempts in a game only once.
Highest TD per pass attempt pct this season:
1. Jameis Winston 10.3%
2. Patrick Mahomes 8.2%
3. Russell Wilson 8.0%
4. Dak Prescott 7.9%
5. Joe Burrow 7.6% pic.twitter.com/XunjBHA7yM
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) October 11, 2021
The former No. 1 overall pick will face the man the Jets drafted No. 39 overall back in 2013, Geno Smith. Funnily enough, New York owns Seattle’s first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft thanks to a Jamal Adams trade that keeps looking worse and worse for the Seahawks.
Geno has committed costly turnovers in each of the past two weeks, throwing a game-ending INT in Week 5 versus the Rams and getting strip-sacked by T.J. Watt in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Steelers last Sunday night.
MNF Best Bets
Bet the OVER on 43.5. Seattle’s games have only hit the over twice in six opportunities while New Orleans’ games have gone under three of five times. Still, with an extra week of prep time, Sean Payton should be able to scheme up points against a mediocre Seahawks defense that might be physically and emotionally spent after playing Pittsburgh tight in Week 6.
Saints to cover the 5-point spread. Sitting with a 2-4 record in the ultra-competitive NFC West, the Seahawks’ season is on the line on Monday night. And New Orleans could be looking ahead to a divisional-tilt with the NFC South-leading Buccaneers the following Sunday.
Russell Wilson's pregame routine is unlike any other.
— NFL (@NFL) October 18, 2021
But even with all that said, last week looked a lot like a “kitchen sink” game for Seattle. Pete Carroll’s club threw everything they had at the Steelers and still lost. Now, without their franchise quarterback and facing a lost season, it’s fair to wonder if they’ll have anything left?
We like the Saints to blow the Seahawks out of their own building on Monday night. Safe to say, the Jets will be getting a high draft pick.
Final Score Prediction: New Orleans 31, Seahawks 17.
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