Arizona Cardinals (1-1) at New Orleans Saints (2-0)
The way young players have stepped up on what was previously a horrible defense has to be very exciting for Saints fans. Cameron Jordan, back at his collegiate position for 5-technique end, is playing like one of the best in the game, while Junior Galette, Akiem Hicks, and rookie John Jenkins are also playing well. The offense is going to score points. There’s no concern there. But if they can stop teams at even an average rate, they’re going to be tough to beat. Almost every year a team goes from out of the playoffs to a first round bye. The Saints are the obvious front runner to do so right now.
The Saints didn’t move the ball that well last week because they played outdoors and in the rain, but back at home, inside, with no weather element, Drew Brees should be as deadly as he usually is. I really hate to bet against the Saints in the Superdome, where they’ve won 10 straight, both straight up and against the spread, under Sean Payton. However, I’m not that confident in the Saints -7.5 because the Cardinals are a team that I think will be competitive this season and one that can definitely mount a backdoor cover with all of their talented wide receivers and a great garbage time quarterback in Carson Palmer.
New Orleans Saints 30 Arizona Cardinals 20
Pick against spread: New Orleans -7.5