With the NFL draft passing and rookie mini camps now in full swing across the league predictions are already being made on how each team will fair in their upcoming 2018-2019 seasonal match-ups. Also, while Louisiana has yet to pass a law to support state sanctioned gambling the recent Supreme Court decision is expected to have a big impact on betting in the upcoming NFL season.
Mike Clay with ESPN posted his win and loss predictions for every team, as well as how many points he expected those team’s offenses to score and defense’s to give up. Mr. Clay expects the Saints to finish 1st in the NFC South with approximately 10.2 wins while allowing a division low of 358 points and scoring a division high of 419 points.
He finished with predicting the Saints’ 1st round draft pick would be worth the 29th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Saints are not currently in possession of this pick after trading it for Marcus Davenport.
While he predicts the team to win ten (or more) games, he has the Saints listed as favorites in fifteen games including their matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles in New Orleans. (favored by one point). The only game he doesn’t give the Saints the advantage in is against the Minnesota Vikings in week eight where he gives the Vikings a one point advantage.
That is a very close swing, for any prediction, and Clay has the Saints with a +/- of 2 or less in a total of five games which accounts for them only potentially winning ten by his prediction even though he has them favored in almost all of their matchups this upcoming year.
BetDSI recently released their odds for all teams win/loss totals and are expecting New Orleans to have a winning record after reaching the second round of the last year’s playoffs. While a betting agency doesn’t have a direct fan interest in a specific team’s success their process is still highly regarded and sought after.
New Orleans Saints
Over 9.5 (-135)
Under 9.5 (+105)
The reason for the slight fluctuation in post draft betting odds is explained by BetDSI as follows, “The only reason for an adjustment to win totals or Super Bowl odds because of the NFL Draft is perception. For our intents and purposes, drafted players do not have a current impact on the upcoming season’s projections. However, we understand that the betting public will react to the addition of a touted rookie so we might shade the odds slightly. “
While Louisiana has yet to pass a law to support state sanctioned gambling the recent Supreme Court decision is expected to have a big impact on betting in the upcoming NFL season.
We’ll have to wait and see if RB Mark Ingram’s suspension has an effect on these various odds and predictions, but it’s likely they remain unchanged unless something were to happen to someone like Drew Brees or Cameron Jordan. For now, it looks like many are expecting the Saints to continue their winning ways on from the 2017 season into 2018.