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New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks Betting Preview/Player Prop

25 October 2021

Week 7 of the NFL season will wrap up with a matchup of struggling NFC teams on Monday Night Football. The Seattle Seahawks are set to host the New Orleans Saints as both teams are having down years compared to the last four-five seasons.

New Orleans comes into this game with a record of 3-2, but this Saints team doesn’t look like the teams of the past. The Saints picked up a 33-22 win over the Washington Football Team in their last game, and that should give them some momentum.

Seattle comes into this game having lost two straight, and they are also dealing with a ton of injuries. The Seahawks are just 2-4 on the young season, and they are in danger of falling out of the NFC West race completely.

The New Orleans Saints are five-point favorites over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football.

Saints Getting Some Stops

The one constant for New Orleans so far this season has been on the defensive side of the football. The Saints are holding teams to less than 19 points per game, and this is another opportunity to put up a low number on Monday night.

Drew Brees is no longer the quarterback in New Orleans, and Jameis Winston is now in control of his offense. Winston has thrown 12 touchdowns to just three interceptions this season, and he will need to continue to play well.

Running back Alvin Kamara will once again be a focus for the Saints on offense, just as he is every week. Kamara has rushed for just 368 yards and one touchdown this season, but he is always capable of breaking out.

Seahawks Must Run to Win

If the Seattle Seahawks are going to win this game, then they will have to do it on the ground. Quarterback Russell Wilson is currently on the injured reserve, and that is a massive blow to a struggling team.

The Seahawks are rushing for just 110 yards per game, and running back Chris Carson will also miss this game due to injury. New Orleans is not a team that gives up many rushing yards, but Seattle can’t afford to throw the ball all over the field.

Seattle is allowing just 23 points per game this season, and the defense could help the team get a win as well. If the Seahawks are able to win at home, then it will have to be in a low-scoring affair.

Saints Beat Seahawks in Seattle

Neither of these teams is likely going to be a true playoff contender when the season ends, but this should be a competitive game on Monday night. Playing in Seattle has always been a nightmare for opponents, but the Seahawks are without their most important player.

New Orleans has struggled to score at times, but they have a defense that has been shutting down opponents. The Saints are going to have to run the ball well in this game, but they are clearly the better overall team.

Seattle will be desperate for a win on Monday night, but they just don’t have what it takes to get the job done. Bet the New Orleans Saints -5.0 as they pick up an impressive road win over a depleted Seattle Seahawks team.

Player Prop

DK Metcalf (-130) Over 4.5 Catches

The Metcalf-Shannon Sharpe back-and-forth on Twitter over Metcalf’s fumble at the end of regulation in last week’s game has garnered some attention this week. Unfortunately for Seattle, it highlights a season that is slipping away following two straight losses and the absence of QB and team-leader Russell Wilson due to injury.

But it also underscored that even with Geno Smith filling in at QB, the offense is going to continue to look for Metcalf to make things happen. Even with all the turmoil right now, the 23-year-old WR is still projected to finish with 83 catches, 120 targets, 1,176 yards and 13 TDs. That’s pretty consistent with his numbers last year (83/129/1,303/10) when he emerged as one of the best big-play receivers in the league.

Even with the Steelers keying on Metcalf last week, he and Smith were able to team up for 6 catches on 7 targets. That followed a 5-catch, 2-TD performance the week before against the Rams.

With the Seahawks’ backs to the wall tonight, we’ll look for the offense to again rely on Metcalf's big-play ability and take the WR (-130) to go over 4.5 catches against the Saints.

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