The New Orleans Saints’ defense came up huge in Week 1, holding the Tennessee Titans to just 15 points and keeping them out of the end zone.
The Saints are favored to win the NFC South this season, and they have their first matchup against an NFC South opponent on Monday Night Football in Week 2.
While the headline of this game is No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young, the Saints are favored by three points on the road in this matchup.
Derek Carr and company need to be better at taking care of the ball (they turned it over twice in Week 1), but the Saints should be in a prime spot to start 2-0.
In fact, BetSided’s NFL betting analyst Iain MacMillan loves New Orleans on Monday night. It’s one of his favorite bets this week, which he wrote up in his Road to 272.
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Saints vs. Panthers odds, spread and total
Betting analyst prediction for Saints on Monday Night Football
So, should bettors wager on the Saints in Week 2?
There are a lot of things pointing in their favor, especially after the Panthers struggled with the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. The team’s offense – which lacks weapons for Young – didn’t do much, and Atlanta ended up running all over Carolina to come away with a win.
Road teams thrived in Week 1 of the NFL season, going 12-3 against the spread before the Buffalo Bills failed to cover on Monday Night Football – making them 12-4.
Is that a good sign for the Saints in Week 2? MacMillan believes that the Saints defense can give Young trouble.
“Bryce Young was the worst rated quarterback by ProFootball Focus in Week 1,” MacMillan wrote. “He completed 20-of-38 passes for just 146 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Things won't get much easier for him against a solid Saints defense in Week 2.
“The No. 1 overall pick has some work to do. I'll back the Saints to win and cover.”
MacMillan is comfortable laying the three points with the Saints, who failed to cover at home in Week 1. It’s possible that some road action is exactly what New Orleans needs to get an against the spread win.
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