NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 18: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with Devery Henderson #19 of the New Orleans Saints after a touchdown against the Chicago Bears at Louisiana Superdome on September 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The Saints are 0-2 and teams that start 0-2 almost never make the playoffs. Will they take out that frustration on Kansas City?
New Orleans was a 9-point favorite at most sportsbooks Thursday (including Top Bet), the third time the Saints have been favored in 2012. And while many are backing the Saints again, more are focused on the over-under number of 53.
"It's a high total, but the past seven Saints games have all seen at least 60 points scored, so there is still a majority of totals bettors on the OVER, according to our NFL consensus data," said Jack Randall of OddsShark.com.
Seeing Cleveland, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Oakland, and Kansas City in the 0-2 SU club isn't going to turn many heads; but the other team in that club is the New Orleans Saints, who have dug themselves a huge hole to start the season off as the only team in the NFC off to an 0-2 start.
The offense is averaging 29.5 points per game, but that isn't enough with the defense allowing 37.5 points per game.
Kansas City has given up the same 75 points to kick off the season that New Orleans has through the first two games, and offensively has only mustered up 20.5 points, resulting in double-digit losses in each of the last two weeks.
Kansas City entered the season with high hopes of returning to the form that won them the AFC West title in 2010, but looks a lot more like the 2011 squad that finished the year 3-6 SU.
New Orleans' defense has looked pitiful through the first two weeks of the season but the games came against the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers; two teams with dual-threat quarterbacks that are very difficult to defend against especially without a star linebacker like Jonathan Vilma.
Against Kansas City's more straightforward offense, the Saints should be better on defense.
But even if they aren't, going up against a Chiefs defense that hasn't been able to even slow down Atlanta or Buffalo, the offense shouldn't have any trouble putting up big points at home.
Drew Brees and the Saints are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games at home, and it is too difficult to imagine the Saints falling to 0-3 on the year with two losses at home. Their season may be in trouble, but this week shouldn't be.
PICK: New Orleans -9 (get updates on lines and injuries on Twitter)