Saints earning legions of new followers
Fresh off a riveting victory over NFC West stalwart Seattle, New Orleans reigns as the general population’s go-to team entering Sunday’s first wave of kickoffs.
The Saints, who toppled the Seahawks 25-20 a week ago, are attracting 79 percent of wagers for this afternoon’s tussle against San Francisco. Online sports book BetDSI also considers Sean Payton’s squad a 4.5-point favorite to improve to 4-4. The 49ers, on the other hand, seemingly can’t get out of their own way. Chip Kelly’s troops hold a 0-6 record since vanquishing Los Angeles on Sept. 12. To make matters worse, Carlos Hyde (sprained AC joint) appears unlikely to suit up here.
Elsewhere in the NFC, Carolina is receiving significant support as it prepares to visit the Coliseum. Seventy-five percent of people prefer the 2-5 Panthers to take down the Rams. Cam Newton finally has his full arsenal in place, so Jeff Fisher’s crew needs to pay special attention to Kelvin Benjamin’s vertical patterns. Meanwhile, Ron Rivera’s D hopes to disorient Case Keenum right away. The Los Angeles signal-caller threw four interceptions in a recent defeat at the hands of the Giants.
Another popular pick resides in the Steel City. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin expects to deploy Ben Roethlisberger (knee) vs. Baltimore, and 76 percent of the crowd believes that the two-time Super Bowl champion will tilt the balance of a key divisional clash. Unfortunately for the Ravens, they’re already riding a four-game losing streak.
Then there’s Dallas, which shouldn’t encounter much difficulty in Cleveland. Dak Prescott & Co. just edged Philadelphia in overtime, 29-23, and the Browns are bound to struggle against Rod Marinelli’s robust defensive unit. As a result, 74 percent of individuals cast ballots in favor of the Cowboys.