The New Orleans Saints are in a must-win situation in Week 5. If they fail to beat the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday, they'll drop to 1-4 and their playoff chances are going to be slim to none.
The Seahawks, despite sitting at 2-2, aren't a great team. They traded Russell Wilson in the offseason (and somehow beat him and the Broncos in Week 1), then lost to the 49ers and Falcons, but managed to beat the Lions in a shootout this past week.
New Orleans, meanwhile, beat the Falcons due to a defensive collapse from Atlanta in the fourth quarter and then have gone on to lose three straight games. It hasn't been a good start to the Dennis Allen era in the Big Easy but they have a chance to right the ship in Week 5. They have to right the ship or the season could be sunk.
Saints vs Seahawks Odds Week 5
According to FanDuel, the Saints are 5.5-point favorites with a moneyline of -235. The Seahawks sit with a moneyline of +194 and the over/under is set at 45.5 points. Seattle might have scored nearly 50 points on Sunday, but the Saints defense should make it more challenging for them to put up points and we've seen how bad the NOLA offense has been so I'd consider betting the under there (both are -110).
Saints vs Seahawks Prediction Week 5
Man, I just don't feel confident picking the Saints to win games right now. The offense did show signs of life in the narrow loss to the Vikings but penalties, turnovers, and overall sloppiness led to them coughing up what should have been a winnable game.
The NOLA defense has played well but they have already allowed for two different running backs to rush for 100 yards this season. In their most recent game, the secondary got demolished by Justin Jefferson, who finished with nearly 150 receiving yards.
Seattle, meanwhile, has been a surprising team in their first year without Russell Wilson. The offense honestly looks better this year with Geno Smith than it did during Wilson's last season but the defense is clearly vulnerable. Something's got to give then, right? This should be NOLA's chance to get back in the win column, one would think.
Even with that being the case, the Saints haven't given me any reason to pick them despite being favored here. I'll predict the Seahawks will win this game 23-17.
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