The Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints promise a high scoring matchup when they meet in week 1 NFL acton. This game kicks-off on FOX this Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 1:00 PM ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Analyzing My Oakland Raiders Vs New Orleans Saints NFL Week 1 Free Pick
The NFL week 1 spread favors the Saints by 1-point to beat the Raiders. The money line pays even money if you back Oakland and $100 on $120 if you bet New Orleans. The over/under is 51 points.
What: Oakland Raiders (0-0) at New Orleans Saints (0-0)
When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: New Orleans, LA
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Spread: New Orleans -1
Moneyline: Raiders 100 Vs Saints -120
Game Total: 51
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Oakland vs New Orleans
Why bet on the Oakland Raiders to beat the Saints
The Raiders took a huge step forward in returning to relevancy last season despite finishing with a 7-9 record. They are no longer the laughing stock in the AFC West. They are a team with a bright future led by an exciting QB/WR duo.
Will QB Derek Carr take step forward in 2016 after throwing 3987 yards and 32 touchdowns last year? The Raiders are confident they have found their first franchise QB since Rich Gannon.
"Derek Carr is our leader, our captain, we rely on him."
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) September 3, 2016
Carr is ready to sling it, and how can you blame him when you have playmakers like Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree as his wide receivers? Cooper recorded 1070 yards and six touchdowns last season. Crabtree had 922 yards and nine TDs. A second year together could only bring a better chemistry.
A speedy Raiders offense in a dome, on turf, against a weak Saints defense will be fun to watch.
Why bet on the New Orleans Saints to beat the Raiders
Just like the Raiders, the Saints have a good offense that is based on a high-quality passer. Drew Brees led the number one passing offense in the NFL in 2015 by throwing 4870 yards, and 32 touchdowns.
The Saints front office gave Brees a new weapon in WR Michael Thomas, who was picked from Ohio State in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. Along side the rookie, WRs Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead will be the top two targets.
— New Orleans LA (@NewOrleansRR) September 5, 2016
Oakland’s defense against the pass was 26th in the NFL in 2015. They lost future Hall of Famer CB Charles Woodson to retirement. But added CB Sean Smith, FS Reggie Nelson, and OLB Bruce Irvin to try to improve their defensive unit.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Saints are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games on turf.
- Saints are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1.
- Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Raiders are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games on turf.
My NFL Week 1 Free Pick
The Saints defense was awful last season, and I don’t see them improving in 2016. Derek Carr vs Drew Brees should be a showdown you don’t want to miss.
My final score prediction is Oakland 38, New Orleans 34.