New Orleans Saints vs Washington Football Team Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/10/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, October 10, 2021
Venue:  FedExField, Greater Landover, MD
Where to Watch:  CBS

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Saints -1.5, WFT +1.5; Over/Under:  44 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Saints -1.5, WFT +1.5; Over/Under:  44 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Saints -1.5, WFT +1.5; Over/Under:  43.5 points
 

Season Record

New Orleans Saints:  2-2 (3rd place, NFC South)
Washington Football Team:  2-2 (2nd place, NFC East)
 
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New Orleans Saints vs Washington Football Team Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
New Orleans Saints:  lost at home on Oct. 3 against the New York Giants in overtime 27-21.
Washington Football Team:  won on the road on Oct. 2 against the Atlanta Falcons 34-30.
 
 
 

New Orleans Saints Analysis

The Saints are coming into this game with a 2-2 record overall and they are 1-1 in their road games where they will be in this game. They have gone through alternating wins and losses each week as their 2 wins came against the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots while their 2 losses came against the Carolina Panthers and the New York Giants in their last game losing that one in OT at the Caesars Superdome, their first game there in front of fans since Hurricane Ida hit. Jameis Winston, who has taken over for Drew Brees since he retired at the end of last season, played alright in that game as he completed 17/23 passes for 226 yards and 1 touchdown. Taysom Hill also got in for a few snaps and completed 2/3 passes for 9 yards and 1 interception. Alvin Kamara had a big day on the ground as he led the team in rushing with 120 yards on 26 carries. He was basically their entire running game in that one. Marquez Callaway led the receivers with 74 yards on 2 receptions. Malcolm Jenkins led the defense with 8 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones while Pete Werner was right behind him with 6 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones. No one on the defense recorded a sack in that game but Marcus Williams came away with the only interception for his team. They have scored 94 points in their first 4 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 69 points against them. Their offense has accumulated 1,107 yards while their defense has allowed 1,397 yards against them. 
 
 

Washington Football Team Analysis

Washington is coming into this game with a 2-2 record overall and they are 1-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They have also had alternating wins and losses since the beginning of the season. Their 2 losses came against the Los Angeles Chargers and the Buffalo Bills while their 2 wins came against the New York Giants and against the Falcons in their last game. Taylor Heinicke played great in that game as he completed 23/33 passes for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns. Antonio Gibson led the team in rushing with 63 yards and 1 touchdown on 14 carries but they did not have much of a run game in that one. Terry McLaurin had a great day as he led the team in receiving with 123 yards and 2 touchdowns on 6 receptions. Landon Collins led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 3 assisted ones while Bobby McCain was right behind him with 5 solo tackles. Montez Sweat had the only sack in that game and no one on the defense came away with an interception. They have scored 101 points in their first 4 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 122 points against them. Their offense has accumulated 1,368 yards this season while their defense has allowed 1,670 yards against them.
 
 

 

Saints vs Washington Prediction

Washington has been playing very well in their last few games. Their only 2 losses this season were against the Bills and the Chargers who are both turning out to be powerhouses in the AFC. They are finding ways to win the grinding games. The Saints have to be hurting here after an OT loss in their last game handing the Giants their first win of the season. The Saints have been hit or miss this year but at least Washington can say they got the win against the Giants in that close game. Washington is a slight underdog at home here with the current betting odds but the value is on them. The best bet to place in this game is on the Washington Football Team to win on the moneyline.
 
Saints Washington Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, October 10, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Washington 31 Saints 27.
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NFL Betting Trends

 
New Orleans Saints: 248-233 ATS in all games. 132-107 ATS in road games.
Washington Football Team: 216-245 ATS in all games. 98-131 ATS in home games. 37-61 ATS in a home game where the total is between 42.5 and 49 points.
 

Key Injuries

 
New Orleans Saints:  T. Siemian (QB) day-to-day - Illness. T. Armstead (T) day-to-day - Elbow injury. T. Jones Jr. (RB) day-to-day - Leg injury.
Washington Football Team:  C. Sims (WR) day-to-day - Hamstring injury. J. Bostic (LB) day-to-day - Shoulder injury. D. Brown (WR) day-to-day - Knee injury.
 

Players to Watch

 
New Orleans Saints: Alvin Kamara is one player to watch in this matchup. He leads his team in rushing yards and he is a very explosive player. He did not get any work in the passing game last week but he is their biggest playmaker on the team in the absence of Michael Thomas. Look for him to get looks in both the running game and the passing game as he will be a key piece in this offense if they are going to win this game.
 
Washington Football Team: Terry McLaurin is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a big game where he had over 100 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. Look for him to make some big catches in this game and get into the end zone as he is a focal point of this offense.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"I apologize to the fans. I was so happy to be here and so blessed to have this opportunity to play in front of our fans. That was the best part about today. You don't like to lose those type of games." - Quarterback Jameis Winston after their home loss to the Giants in their last game. 
 
 
"No play is ever dead when Taylor's back there. I just knew Taylor was gonna give me a chance." - Terry McLaurin on the confidence he has in his quarterback Taylor Heinicke.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
New Orleans Saints
WR Callaway, Marquez 
WR Harris, Deonte 
TE Trautman, Adam 
QB Winston, Jameis 
RB Kamara, Alvin 
FB Armah, Alex 
 
Washington Football Team
WR McLaurin, Terry 
WR Humphries, Adam 
WR Sims, Cam 
TE THOMAS, LOGAN 
QB Heinicke, Taylor 
RB Gibson, Antonio 

Statistical Leaders

 
New Orleans Saints
Passing: J. Winston (613)
Rushing: A. Kamara (297)
Receiving: D. Harris (164)
Touchdowns: T. Hill (3)
Sacks: T. Kpassagnon (2)
Tackles: D. Davis (21)
 
Washington Football Team
Passing: T. Heinicke (960)
Rushing: A. Gibson (253)
Receiving: T. McLaurin (354)
Touchdowns: T. McLaurin (3)
Sacks: M. Sweat (3)
Tackles: C. Holcomb (25)
 
Coaches:
New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton (16th season)
Washington Football Team: Ron Rivera (2nd season)
 

Weather Forecast

75 degrees F showers, 80% humidity, 30% chance of rain, up to 9 mph wind speeds E.


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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