Cardinals vs. Saints Week 8 Prediction
Drew Brees is expected to make his return for the Saints on Sunday when they host the suddenly hot Cardinals at 1:00 p.m. ET. Winners of three straight games, will Arizona cover again as a large underdog at the Superdome?
265 Arizona Cardinals (+11) at 266 New Orleans Saints (-11); O/U 48
1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, October 27, 2019
Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Public Betting Trends
According to our NFL Football Public Betting Chart page, the Cardinals are receiving 54% of the betting tickets from online sportsbooks.
Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Spin
ESPN's Josh Weinfuss expects Chase Edmonds to maintain a "significant role" even when David Johnson (questionable, ankle) is fully healthy. "I think David’s gonna get a few more touches just because he’s David Johnson," Weinfuss added. "But if he doesn’t produce, I don’t think Kliff Kingsbury would mind going with Edmonds if they start to win games and get in the playoff hunt. And they can do a lot of stuff on the field at the same time, with Johnson running more receiving routes." The Cardinals haven't ruled out Johnson for Sunday, but he's not expected to play after missing practice all week. Coming off a career Week 7, Edmonds would put some heat on Johnson's snaps if he has another strong game.
New Orleans Saints Fantasy Spin
ESPN's Dianna Russini reports Drew Brees will start Week 8 against the Cardinals. The Saints have a Week 9 bye, but they are comfortable enough with Brees' health to rush him back into the starting lineup. Brees hasn't played since Week 2 and carries some injury risk, but the home matchup against the Cardinals is close to perfect. Brees' return doesn't change the outlook for Michael Thomas -- he's a beast regardless -- but it does make Ted Ginn more interesting as a dart throw since Brees has been more willing to throw the ball deep compared to Teddy Bridgewater. The last question for the Saints is if Alvin Kamara will play through his high-ankle injury or if it will be Latavius Murray carrying the load at running back. That piece of the puzzle will likely come down to the wire tomorrow morning. The 6-1 Saints are battling for the top seed in the NFC.
NFL Betting Trends
The Cardinals are 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games and have covered in six of their last eight games overall.
The Saints are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games overall but have failed to cover in five of their last seven home games.
The Cardinals are hot and I like them to keep the final score within 10 points. Brees will need to shake off the rust and even if he does so relatively quickly, Patrick Peterson’s return gave the Arizona secondary a much-needed boost last week when he returned from his six-game suspension. Thus, I like the Cardinals to hold their own defensively and do just enough against a stingy New Orleans defense to stay within the spread.
NFL Week 8 Prediction: Arizona Cardinals +11