The Saints' Week 1 bulldozing of Green Bay mesmerized the betting public. Five touchdown passes for Jameis Winston! A measly three points for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers against New Orleans' defense! A confirmed spot in the Hall of Fame for coach Sean Payton!
Oddsmakers reacted by setting the lookahead line for the Week 3 Saints versus Patriots matchup at even, in part discounting the fact that the game would be a third straight on the road for New Orleans while wrapping up a month away from their hurricane-stricken home. Also overlooked is that Winston might regress to the means in his second outing against a defense designed by Bill Belichick. That he did, in a 26-7 defeat to Carolina.
The Saints-Patriots spread opened this week at Patriots -3. For Pats backers who pounced on the lookahead line, that's a welcome shift. It illustrates the occasional gem of a wager that can be dug out by peeking at the spreads a week ahead.
Week 4 lookahead lines
Jaguars at Bengals (-6.5), O/U 46
Washington (-1) at Falcons, O/U 49.5
Lions at Bears (-6), O/U 45
Titans (-6) at Jets, O/U 48.5
Browns (-1) at Vikings, O/U 50.5
Colts at Dolphins (-2.5), O/U 45.5
Panthers at Cowboys (-4), O/U 50.5
Giants at Saints (-6.5), O/U 46.5
Chiefs (-6.5) at Eagles, O/U 54.5
Texans at Bills (-16.5), O/U 48
Cardinals at Rams (-5.5), O/U 53.5
Seahawks at 49ers (-3), O/U 49.5
Ravens (-1) at Broncos, O/U 45.5
Steelers at Packers (-6.5), O/U 48
Buccaneers (-5.5) at Patriots, O/U 50.5
Raiders at Chargers (-3), O/U 52.5
Week 4 lookahead best bets
The Saints' appeal softens in the Week 4 lookaheads because they return to N'Awlins for their belated home opener. Might they be one of our three selections? Read on to find out.
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