Cardinals vs. Saints 2013 picks and predictions: New Orleans expected to roll

Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Experts at CBS Sports and ESPN have the Saints as unanimous favorites to take the Week 3 matchup.

The Arizona Cardinals head over to the Big Easy to face off against the New Orleans Saints this Sunday in a showdown that many experts believe will go the Saints' way.

New Orleans have jumped out the gate quickly, having put last season's disappointing finish behind them with a 2-0 start. It hasn't been easy -- they needed a last-minute goal-line stand to hold off the Falcons in Week 1 and a field goal as time expired to best the Buccaneers last Sunday -- but the team has exhibited clutch playmaking in the absence of their usually explosive offense.

That offense could see a resurgence this week against a Cardinals' defense that has allowed an average of more than 280 passing yards and a total of four passing touchdowns through two weeks. Rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu has been impressive in the defensive backfield, but Drew Brees, Marques Colston and the rest of the Saints' aerial attack will provide a whole new challenge.

NFL experts aren't giving the Cardinals much of a chance at holding off the passing assault and improving to 2-1. All eight of CBS Sports's analysts are giving the Saints the nod, and half of them believe New Orleans will cover the 7½-point spread. The eight ESPN experts that have submitted their picks are also unanimous in their selection of the Saints.

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