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New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals - 8/17/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Cardinals (8-8) at New Orleans Saints (12-6)

NFL Football: Friday, August 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)

The Line: New Orleans Saints -3.5 -- Over/Under: 39.5 See the Latest Odds

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Down at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday, the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints will be matching up in NFL Week 2 preseason action. 

The Cardinals will be looking to take a step forward to a winning record this year, following an 8-8 result in 2017 and a third-place finish in the NFC West. There will be plenty of new faces and schemes to talk about in Arizona this season. 

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New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals - 8/17/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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In their first preseason action on Saturday evening, the Cardinals bagged a 24-17 win over the Chargers. Arizona’s Chad Kanoff led the team in passing yardage with a 3-for-5 line for 66 yards and a TD. 

Over on the Saints’ side, they’re coming off a nice year in 2017, finishing at 11-5 for first place in the NFC South. New Orleans won the Wild Card Game against the Panthers 31-26 but fell in the Divisional Round 29-24 to the Vikings. 

In Week 1 of the preseason, the Saints managed a 24-20 win over the Jaguars by scoring 14 points in the final quarter. New Orleans QB Tom Savage went 10-of-14 for 70 yards in that one, while Taysom Hill played well also with an 8-of-9 line for 72 yards. 

Arizona is 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games on fieldturf. The over is 9-2 in the Cards’ last 11 games on field turf and the under is 8-3 in their last 11 versus the NFC. 

Meanwhile, the over is 5-1 in the Saints’ last six games on field turf and 4-1 in their last five home games. The over is 4-1 in New Orleans’ last five games overall and 6-1 in the last seven meetings between these two teams. 

Arizona will likely be using the preseason to feel some guys out and see what they have, since they’re adjusting to a different philosophy. New Orleans knows what they’ve got—up top anyway—and will give plenty of time to their young and new players. That said, I think the Saints have the edge here since there’s less of an adjustment for their guys. I’m going New Orleans.

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