New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints - 9/17/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New England Patriots (0-1) at New Orleans Saints (0-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: New Orleans Saints +6 -- Over/Under: 53.5 See the Latest Odds
The New England Patriots look to shake off a disappointing Thursday night season opener against the Chiefs as they face off against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
The New England Patriots made history for all the wrong reasons in their season opener at home against the Chiefs last Thursday night and they will be out to right the ship on the road against the Saints on Sunday in what should be an exciting affair. The Pats conceded 42 points in a losing effort against the Chiefs and certainly didn’t look like the defending champions as their offensive line struggled, the passing game struggled, and the defense had plenty of gaps as they were torched by Kareem Hunt, Alex Smith, and Tyreek Hill leaving the Patriots going back to the drawing board as they look to avoid going 0-2 to start the season. However, with Bill Belichick coming off a loss with extra time to prepare for his opponent I have a feeling we will see a very motivated Patriots team that do their best to prove they are still the team to beat in the NFL.
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The Saints meanwhile are coming off a disappointing effort on the road on Monday Night Football as they were embarrassed by the Minnesota Vikings and heading into this weekend they look like a group in turmoil as the Adrian Peterson experiment could come to a crashing end in a hurry. New Orleans still has a very strong offense and will need to get back on track against a Patriots team that looked very suspect last week against the Chiefs, and they will need all of their top end weapons to be at their best if they’re going to keep this game close and perhaps pull off the victory and send the champs to an 0-2 start.
The Patriots are 6-1 in their last seven ATS on turf and 5-1 in their last six ATS in September while the Saints are 7-0 ATS in their last seven against a team with a losing record and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 overall. New England looked bad against the Chiefs but will bounce back here in a big way as they not only cover but make a statement to the rest of the league.