The Philadelphia Eagles have been dominant as a road team on Monday Night Football and dominant against the New Orleans Saints.
If you thought their 11-2 ATS in 13 Monday nighters on the road meant a lot to oddsmakers, it doesn't. If you thought their 7-2 ATS run against the Saints would mean some respect on the point spread, it doesn't.
New Orleans remains a 3-point home favorite in the Week 9 Monday nighter, interesting fo a team coming off a rout at the hands of Denver. But the Eagles have struggled even more with the offensive line, dropsy quarterback and firing of their defensive coordinator. [ Twitter updates, follow us. ]
While many are backing the Saints, over-under betting is also hot for this game. In each of the last five games between the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints, OVER bettors have profited.
And seven of the past nine Saints MNF games have also played OVER the total, according to the Week 9 trends report.
Last Sunday night's 34-14 loss to Denver broke up the positive momentum that the Saints had been building as New Orleans fell to 2-5 SU and 3-4 ATS. All year long the defense has been an issue allowing 30.9 points per game, but seeing the offense held under 24 points for the first time this season was also discouraging.
In the long run Drew Brees and this offense figure to be fine, but the defense continues to make this team tough to back.
Andy Reid entered last week's game against the Atlanta Falcons with a 13-0 SU record coming off of a bye week as a head coach, but that didn't help him as the Eagles lost 30-17 to Atlanta to fall to 3-4 SU and 2-5 ATS on the year. Philadelphia's defensive coordinator was let go over the bye week and then the Eagles proceeded to have their worst defensive showing of the year.
The offense has been the real problem, scoring just 17.1 points per game as Michael Vick's struggles continue.
If New Orleans' defense doesn't get Vick and the Eagles' offense going, nothing will. New Orleans is allowing over 300 yards of passing per game (304.57) and has given up at least 24 points in every game, including in their loss to the lowly Chiefs.
LeSean McCoy could also have a big day going against the Saints' awful rushing defense (allowing 170.14 rushing yards per game).
But even if Philadelphia should put up its share of points, it is hard to see New Orleans not doing the same. Last week's 14-point effort was an anomaly, and with the Eagles reeling, the Saints should be able to outlast them at home in a shootout type of game.
PICK: New Orleans -3 (courtesy of PickShark.com)