A showdown on Bourbon Street takes place this week as the San Francisco 49ers visit the New Orleans Saints in an NFC showdown. San Francisco has not done well of late against top competition, while the Saints have been unbeatable at home.
Eventually the public will come around and bet on the Saints, as betting against New Orleans at home is not a solid bet of late.
Nevertheless, the Saints opened on sites such as Bovada as a favorite by less than 3 points over the visiting 49ers, who are suffering with offensive issues.
This season the Saints are undefeated at home and have covered each of the past 14 spreads at home as a favorite under Sean Payton as head coach. The Saints are 21-5 ATS overall in their past 26 games at home.
The 49ers come to New Orleans following a touch physical loss to Carolina at home. Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers quarterback has had difficulty against the better defenses he has played against this year.
San Francisco is 6-3 SU. Their three loses have been against Carolina, Indianapolis and Seattle.
The current line has New Orleans favored by 3 points with the point total sitting on 47.5.
Check the odds right up to game time on sites like topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com as both teams have players injured who might miss the game.
San Francisco has defeated New Orleans the last two seasons. At home during the 2011-12 playoffs, the 49ers won 36-32. Last season, during the regular season, the 49ers beat the Saints 31-21 in New Orleans.
The 49ers are 10-4 ATS over their past 14 games following a loss. The OVER has cashed out in 15 of the past 20 San Francisco games.
The 49ers have lacked a passing attack this season but are averaging over 147 yards a game on the ground. On defense, the 49ers are No. 9 versus the pass and No. 12 versus the run.
If Drew Brees does not get sacked or overly pressured, the Saints will be able to move up and down the field. The running game for the Saints has come to life, which helps the passing attack as well.
On defense, the Saints are weak against the run as they allowed 198 yards by the New York Jets.
The Saints are beating opponents at home by an average of 20 points, while the 49ers are having problems with playoff caliber teams. The 49ers are 1-3 against those opponents, and have just a combined 19 points in their three losses.
Pick: Saints 35-27