Where the money’s at
The public is siding with the Saints, while the sharp bettors are leaning toward Washington — depending on the number. Sportsbook operator William Hill is reporting that 53 percent of tickets bet on the spread are in favor of the Saints, while 55 percent of money bet on the spread are in favor of Washington. 80 percent of tickets bet on the point total are on the over, and 67 percent of money wagered is on the over.
Fan picks against the spread
SB Nation’s team sites are running weekly FanPulse polls to assess what a focus group of fans thinks about their team. One question is whether the team will win or lose, and by how much. We can set that against the spread to check out their accuracy week-over-week. The MNF spread has the Saints as a 6.5-point favorite. Saints fans are predicting an eight point win, while Washington fans are predicting a four point win. This is a road game for Washington, and their fans appear to recognize this will be a tough one against a dynamic Saints offense.
We get an early potential playoff preview in Week 5 as the New Orleans Saints host Washington on Monday Night Football. The Saints beat the New York Giants in Week 4 to win their third straight game and claim a half game lead in the NFC South. The Philadelphia Eagles loss to the Tennessee Titans moving Washington into first place during their bye week.
The Saints opened as a touchdown favorite over Washington, but the line has come down to 6.5 points at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. The point total is set at 52.5. Early public money is on the Saints, according to OddsShark.
The big news for this matchup is the return of Saints running back Mark Ingram from a four-game PED suspension. Alvin Kamara has been a critical part of this offense’s success, and adding Ingram brings a strong complement. For Washington, left tackle Trent Williams had a “minor” knee surgery during the bye week. He is expected to play, but will be one to watch on the practice participation reports.
Washington is 2-1 against the spread, while the Saints are 2-2. Washington has covered the spread in its last five games against the Saints, and has also covered the spread in the last five games they have played in New Orleans. The point total has gone over in the last five matchups between these two teams. Considering the shaky defenses involved in this one, that could be worth a wager.