The New Orleans Saints, eager for their third away victory, are on the cusp of enhancing their season record to 4-2. Their recent form suggests they’re adept on the road, clinching 4 victories in their last 5 away matches. Quarterback Derek Carr, with a completion rate of 65.3%, has thrown for 946 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions this season. Receivers Chris Olave and Michael Thomas have together amassed 602 yards and notched up a touchdown. On the receiving end, Rashid Shaheed has bagged 14 catches. The Saints’ ground offensive averages 97.2 yards per game, with Alvin Kamara leading the charge. On the defensive side, they’ve been stingy, conceding just 15.2 points and 274.6 yards every game. While Pete Werner tops the tackling charts, Carl Granderson and Marshon Lattimore have been notable contributors as well.
Interestingly, underdogs have triumphed in the Saints’ previous three encounters, but they’ve struggled against the spread in their recent favorite tags. Their defense, particularly during the first half and the third quarter, has been stellar, topping the NFL charts in limiting opponent points.
The Houston Texans, on the other hand, are aiming to square their record with a much-needed home win. However, their home record has been concerning, suffering losses in 8 of their last 9 fixtures. Quarterback C.J. Stroud has been fairly accurate, boasting a 61.3% completion rate and racking up 1,461 yards with 7 touchdowns. Nico Collins and Tank Dell have formed a dynamic duo, pulling in 791 yards and 5 touchdowns collectively. Robert Woods, with 21 catches, adds to their aerial assault. The Texans’ rushing game has been more conservative, averaging 82.6 yards per match. Defensively, the team has been yielding an average of 20 points and 338.8 yards per game, with Henry To’oTo’o, Jonathan Greenard, and Steven Nelson making noticeable impacts. Recent trends indicate the Texans’ struggles against NFC rivals, but their record against the spread, especially after defeats, offers some silver lining. Their special teams have shown promise in kickoff returns but have lagged in the punting department.
Forecasting the outcome, the Saints, with their superior roster, look poised to seize the day, especially if they harbor playoff aspirations. Yet, the Saints’ aerial game has been somewhat tepid this season. The lopsided win against the Patriots might also induce overconfidence.
The Texans, contrarily, have displayed glimpses of promise, especially with C.J. Stroud displaying precision at the helm. The team’s scoring spree in recent games also lends them some momentum. Though many may lean towards the Saints, it might be worth placing bets on the Texans, considering their recent form and home advantage. Bet on them to cover the +1.5 spread on BUSR NFL Odds.