New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks NFL Picks & Predictions 9/22/2019
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Teddy Bridgewater and the New Orleans Saints are headed to CenturyLink Field on Sunday where they'll take on the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle opens this game as 2-point dogs. The over/under is set at 45. The Saints are 1-1-0 ATS and 1-1-0 when betting on the total. The Seahawks are 1-1-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-0-0 against the spread.
Key New Orleans Saints Injuries
09/16/19 LB Alex Anzalone Shoulder IR
09/16/19 QB Drew Brees Hand is out indefinitely
09/15/19 DT Sheldon Rankins Achilles is questionable Sunday vs Seattle
09/03/19 DE Carl Granderson Legal problems PUP
09/03/19 T Chris Clark Knee IR
Key Seattle Seahawks Injuries
09/17/19 S Tedric Thompson Hamstring is downgraded to doubtful Sunday vs New Orleans
09/16/19 G D.J. Fluker Ankle is questionable Sunday vs New Orleans
09/15/19 DE Ezekiel Ansah Shoulder is questionable Sunday vs New Orleans
09/15/19 C Joey Hunt Ankle is questionable Sunday vs New Orleans
09/15/19 CB Neiko Thorpe Hamstring is questionable Sunday vs New Orleans
09/15/19 DT Poona Ford Calf is questionable Sunday vs New Orleans
09/03/19 WR David Moore Shoulder is out indefinitely
09/03/19 TE Ed Dickson Knee IR
09/03/19 DT Nazair Jones Knee IR
09/03/19 G Jordan Simmons Knee IR
07/22/19 DT Jarran Reed Suspension is out the first 6 games of the season
The last time they took the field, the New Orleans Saints faced the overpowering LA Rams and were beaten 27-9. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Saints was Teddy Bridgewater who went 17/30 with 165 yards passing but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He walked away with no picks. Alvin Kamara paced the team in rushing for that contest. He broke a long run for 12 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He scurried for 45 yards by way of 13 carries which meant he was running for 3.5 yards per carry. Michael Thomas led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 89 yards on 10 receptions. He earned an average of 8.9 yards per reception for that contest.
The Saints come into this game with a record of 1-1 for the 2019 season. They are a low scoring offensive team in the NFC South and they will have to really have a good night if they want to have a good offensive game. For total yardage, they rank 5th among NFC teams and 10th in the NFL with 754 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Saints currently have a total of 2 passing TDs and 1 rushing touchdown. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the league with an average of 19.5 points per contest, ranking them 19th in the NFL. As a team, they have an average of 102.5 yards on the ground per contest which is 2nd among NFC teams.
The Saints have one of the middle tier defenses in the league, giving up 27.5 points per game ranking them 14th in the NFC. In regard to yards on the ground, New Orleans is allowing 147.5 yards per game putting them 4th in the division and 27th in the NFL. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.6 yards per rush ranking them 14th in the NFC and 28th among NFL teams overall. Overall, they have allowed 205 rushing yards through 2 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Saints have allowed 499 yards. Teams are completing 67.2% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.4 yards per try. They have allowed 4 passing TDs and 3 rushing TDs.
In their last contest, the Seattle Seahawks played the Pittsburgh Steelers and ended up getting the win by a score of 28-26. Running the show from under center for the Seahawks was Russell Wilson who went 29/35 with 300 yards through the air and added 3 touchdowns. He walked away with no picks. Rashaad Penny paced the team on the ground in the game. His longest run of the day went for 37 yards and he added 1 TD for the game. He rushed for a total of 62 yards via 10 carries which gave him an average of 6.2 yards per tote. Tyler Lockett led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 79 yards on 10 receptions. He averaged 7.9 yards per reception in the game.
The Seahawks come into this game with a record of 2-0. In discussing the offensive production, the Seahawks have one of the average offenses in the NFL. When looking at their ability to score points, the Seahawks are ranked 3rd among NFC West teams and 9th out of all the teams in the league averaging 24.5 points per contest. Seattle needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 111.5 rushing yards per contest, ranking them 14th in the NFL. As a unit, they have a total of 223 rushing yards through 2 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Seahawks average 328.5 yards per game overall putting them 24th in the NFL and 12th among NFC teams.
The Seahawks are giving up 23 points per game which puts them at 3rd in the division and 20th in the league. When it comes to points given up, they have allowed 46 points in total. In discussing yards on the ground, they are giving up 57.5 yards per game which puts them at 4th in the league and 1st among NFC West teams. In 2019, they have allowed a total of 115 yards rushing and 1 rushing TD. Their passing defense is one of the middling groups in the league. They are allowing 287.5 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Seahawks are currently ranked 13th among NFC teams. They have conceded 4 passing touchdowns this season.
Who will win tonight's Saints/Seahawks NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Saints -2
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