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Saints currently 4.5-point favorites against Seattle Monday Night

Should it be even higher?

NFL: SEP 22 Saints at Seahawks Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks Monday Night. One team is getting healthier, and the other ... not so much.

For the Saints, kicker Wil Lutz, defensive end Marcus Davenport, linebacker Kwon Alexander, and receiver Tre’Quan Smith have all been designated to return from injured reserve. Center Eric McCoy has said he hopes to be ready for Monday night. Michael Thomas is reportedly a couple of weeks away from making his 2021 season debut.

For the Seahawks, Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson and starting running back Chris Carson have recently been placed on injured reserve and will miss Monday’s game.

It’s likely these reasons that the New Orleans Saints open as 4.5 point road favorites according to DraftKings sportsbook.

Considering the Seahawks secondary has struggled this season (giving up an average of over 300 passing yards per game), and that the offensive playbook has slowly started to open up for quarterback Jameis Winston, that 4.5 point margin might be a bit conservative.

On the other side of the ball, the Saints defense has been third-best in the NFL against the run, allowing less than 100 total rushing yards per game. A defense that can contain the run without stacking the box allows Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to focus on shutting down receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.

A Saints offense with a quarterback who has a cannon of an arm facing a Seahawks defense that struggles in the secondary, coupled with a Seahawks offense down multiple starters facing a Saints defense that is one of the most underrated in the NFL...


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