Week 7 TNF – Saints vs Cardinals Betting Odds & Breakdown

Saints, Cards Poised to Raise Bar for TNF

The New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals kick off Week 7 on Thursday night, with both sides looking to bounce back from disappointing outings last Sunday. But according to the sportsbook exchange, it’s wide open as the Saints vs Cardinals Betting Odds are coyly nestled on a delicate 1-point spread – and with the hosts to the good.

With the market tightly cast, handicapping this game is going to be challenging. Essentially,  it’s a 50-50 proposition. So, who will triumph? Better yet, which side of the coin should you back?

Read on for our preview of this fascinating NFC primetime TNF tilt, complete with NFL odds, predictions and picks.

Game Information

Game: New Orleans Saints vs Arizona Cardinals
Day/Time: Thursday, October 20 ET, 8:15 pm ET
Location: State Farm Stadium
Streaming: Live Stream Sports

 

Saints vs Cardinals Betting Odds

  • Spread: Cardinals -1 (-120)
  • Moneyline: TBD
  • Totals: O 45 (-110) | U 45 (-110)

 

Saints Lose to Bengals at Home

The loss saw the Saints drop to 2-4 straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) record. On the flipside, it marked their third straight over against the closing number in total betting. The Saints are 4-2-0 against the total this season.

Energised by a 39-32 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5, the Saints entered last Sunday’s contest with a measure of optimism despite being tipped as the field goal underdogs at home.

It was an electric atmosphere at the Caesars Superdome. Dennis Allen came prepared with an impressive game plan, which the Saints executed well enough. But they did fail to deal the Bengals a decisive blow on several occasions and thus were left ruing those missed opportunities in the end.

The Saints had the two-point lead with two minutes and some change remaining on the clock, but the Bengals had possession and one last shot to win it. And they were in an advantageous spot, starting on their 40 thanks to a shanked punt by the Saints kicker. It was all the invitation Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase needed to put this game away once and for all. The former LSU heroes connected for a 60-yard go-ahead score to clinch the 30-26 win.

The loss saw the Saints drop to 2-4 straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) record. On the flipside, it marked their third straight over against the closing number in total betting. The Saints are 4-2-0 against the total this season.

Cardinals Lose to Seahawks on Road

The Arizona Cardinals’ woeful start to the season reached a new nadir on Sunday as they succumbed to the 19-9 loss to the Seahawks despite being tipped as the 2½ road chalk.

It was the worst loss, the fewest points scored by Kyler Murray – against one of the league’s most porous defenses, no less – and a sobering defeat to a team – in which they were by and large supposed to beat.

The narrative from another disappointing loss, this one a pivotal NFC West clash at Lumen Field, should sound familiar by now. The Cardinals defense played well, but the offense put up three measly points in the first half, extending its ignominious reputation for having the league’s worst first-half offense.

On the bright side, the three points scored marked the first time Arizona’s offense registered on the board in the first half this season, but that’s little consolation at this point. When you start with the intensity of a slug racing across the field, each and every single week, something isn’t right.

Murray isn’t playing up to the standard that his multi-million dollar payday would demand while coach Kliff Kingsbury’s game plans and play calling leave much to be desired. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which of these two is going to get the blame for what is an unacceptable 2-4 SU start to the season.

 

Saints vs Cardinals Betting Verdict:

Neither the Saints nor the Cardinals are particularly convincing or consistent, so it’s not surprising that the Saints vs Cardinals Betting Odds are cast so tight, especially for NFL week 7 spreads.

Lookahead NFL lines projected the Cardinals as the -2½ favorites last week, but after Week 6, markets reopened with a watered down line. For those looking to back the Cardinals against the spread, taking the Cardinals at -1 rather than -2½ is going to hold some appeal.

It remains to be seen whether Murray and Co. can be trusted to deliver the win, but the return of De’Andre Hopkins from his six-game suspension should help. It could be the catalyst to get this offense going.

Another intriguing wrinkle is the trade for disgruntled WR Robbie Anderson from the Carolina Panthers, though he’s questionable to suit up for this game with so little time to prepare or get to know his new teammates.

The Saints won’t rollover in this game. Unlike the Cardinals, they can’t be accused of lackluster performances. Four of their six games were decided by one score. They’ve pushed through injury setbacks and competed well each and every Sunday, and for this reason, they can’t be overlooked for the outright upset.

Having said that, perhaps, the best bet here is to bet the Over 45. Lookahead lines projected the total at 46 points.

Pick: Arizona Cardinals -1 (-120)
Pick: Over 45 (-110)


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