New Orleans at Kansas City Week 7 Betting Pick & Prediction
The New Orleans Saints limped out to an 0-3 start to their season, but they have picked up two straight wins, including a 41-38 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, in which they built a big lead against the defending NFC champions and held on for the win. Kansas City asserted themselves as a strong AFC West contender by thumping Oakland on the road, 26-10. The Saints and Chiefs have not met since 2012, and Kansas City got the better of that matchup with a 27-24 win. Check out all of our NFL odds for this week’s action.
New Orleans at Kansas City Week 7 Betting Pick, Prediction & TV Info
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Why should you bet on the Saints?
Drew Brees played up to his Pro Bowl resume last week, going 34 of 49 for 465 with four touchdowns and just a single pick. That moved him into third place in the NFL in passing touchdowns. His biggest target was Brandin Cooks, who hauled in seven balls for 173 yards, a career best, and a touchdown. Michael Thomas picked up 78 receiving yards in the win, and the Saints now rank #2 in the NFL for points per game, at 31. The New Orleans defense needs to shore things up, though, as they give up 33.6 points per game, dead last in the league.
Why should you put your money on the Chiefs?
The Chiefs showed that they put their debacle against the Pittsburgh Steelers behind them by shutting down a vibrant Oakland Raider offense on Sunday. Alex Smith continued his legacy as a solid ball manager, going 19 for 23 for 224 yards. Spencer Ware had the story of the day, carrying the ball 24 times for a career-best 131 yards. The defense limited the Raiders to 290 yards of total offense and just 65 via the run. Marcus Peters picked off his NFL-best fifth pass. If the Chiefs can shut down one elite offense like the one in Oakland, they can handle the Saints’ attack as well.
My Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction
As well as the Saints played last week, they don’t have the consistency on offense to hold off the Chiefs, and they definitely don’t have a reliable defense, particularly against the pass. I predict a final score of Kansas City 27, New Orleans 20.