Among the high-profile NFL betting matchups in Week 3 is a cross-conference showdown in Foxborough. The New Orleans Saints will look to be closer to their Week 1 form than what they put forth last week when they travel to take on the New England Patriots. Many viewed these two teams as trending in opposite directions coming into the year. The NFL betting odds agree with that assessment for now, pegging the home squad as a field goal favorite.
The following Saints vs Patriots NFL betting preview will give you the current odds, betting trends, stream and picks for the Week 3 matchup.
Saints vs Patriots Week 3 NFL Betting Preview
NFL Regular Season — Week 3 Game
New Orleans Saints (1-1, 0-1 Away) vs. New England Patriots (1-1, 0-1 Home)
Date: Sunday, Sep. 26, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Venue: Gillette Stadium — Foxborough, MA
Coverage: Click here for the stream
New Orleans Saints Preview
As amazing as the Saints looked in their blowout Week 1 win, the exact opposite can be said for their Week 2 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Being without several members of the coaching staff due to the China Virus certainly didn’t help matters. That being said, it was a brutal performance, particularly on offense. After throwing five touchdown passes in his debut as Saints starter, QB Jameis Winston had none on Sunday. Instead, he threw two picks and only managed 111 yards.
It was a major struggle on the ground for New Orleans in Week 2 as well. In fact, Winston led all ball-carriers with 19 yards on three attempts. Alvin Kamara barely factored into the game plan, and no Saints receiver reached 30 yards on the day. The offense will need to be a lot better going up against the tough Patriots defense this week. It was also a poor showing defensively. After exceeding expectations in a big way to begin the year, the Saints allowed Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey to go off for the Panthers.
New England Patriots Preview
The NFL betting market moved in the Patriots’ favor ahead of their Week 2 divisional showdown at the New York Jets. New England rewarded bettors who stuck with them following their close Week 1 loss by dismantling the Jets on Sunday. The defense was the major story, intercepting Zach Wilson four different times. A ball-hawking secondary could prove to be a nightmare matchup for Jameis Winston this week.
Offensively, the Patriots stuck to their bread and butter in Week 2, which is running the football. Damien Harris led the way with 62 yards on 16 carries. He also had a touchdown on one of the nastiest runs we may see all season. James White had a rushing score and also led the team with 45 yards receiving. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones out-classes his counterpart in Wilson on the decision-making front. While he only had 186 yards through the air, Jones stayed turnover-free for the second straight game, helping New England cash as NFL betting favorites.
Saints vs Patriots Odds and Spread
NFL betting odds for Saints vs Patriots are taken from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: NO: (+128) | NE: (-152)
Spread: NO: +3 (-120) | NE: -3 (-102)
Total: 41.5 — Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages via Action Network: NO: (40%) | NE: (60%)
Saints vs Patriots NFL Betting Trends
- The Saints are 1-1 ATS and 0-2 to the over this season.
- The Patriots are 1-1 ATS and 0-2 to the over this season.
- Each of the Saints’ last five games has gone under the total.
- The total has gone under in eight of the Patriots’ last ten games.
- The Patriots are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games against NFC opponents.
Saints vs Patriots Stats
- New Orleans is averaging 22.5 points per game (PPG) this season (Tied for No. 18 in the NFL).
- New Orleans is surrendering 14.5 PPG this season (No. 6 in the NFL).
- New England is averaging 20.5 PPG this season (No. 23 in the NFL).
- New England is surrendering 11.5 PPG this season (Tied for No. 2 in the NFL).
Saints vs Patriots Prediction
The Saints vs Patriots NFL betting prediction uses the Team Rankings Picks tool.
Saints +3: 51.2%
Patriots -3: 48.8%