As Halloween quickly approaches, the NFL season continues to move right along. It’s already entering Week 7, and the stronger teams in each division are beginning to stand out.
For those less fortunate franchises, the time to start winning is now, before the entire campaign becomes lost.
Two teams that fall under this mediocre umbrella are the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks. They will meet this weekend and conclude the action on Monday Night Football.
Of course, every NFL game is available to wager on through several West Virginia sportsbooks. Many provide a wide range of markets that include team and player props.
When the teams battle on Monday, the visiting Saints are favored. This is due in large part to Russell Wilson‘s injury.
The star quarterback injured his finger a few weeks ago and is being forced to miss at least three outings. This will be his second.
In his absence, the Hawks put up a valiant fight against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After falling behind 14-0, they stormed back and actually put the game into overtime.
On the other side of the field, the Saints are 3-2 and should look fresh off their bye week. They took down Washington in their most recent matchup.
Let’s take a closer look at both teams and what odds are posted for Monday’s tilt.
New Orleans featured some mixed results from its first few games of the season. It had its best showing during the opening week, when it went to a neutral site and beat Green Bay by 35 points.
The Saints are 2-2 since and haven’t put together a winning streak yet. They dropped contests to the Panthers and Giants while earning a win against the Patriots and Washington.
Although they aren’t on their backup option, the Saints are much different looking than in years past. With the great Drew Brees retired and now on NBC, Jameis Winston is calling the shots.
The former National Champion at Florida State isn’t setting any new records; however, he’s doing enough at the moment. Despite completing only slightly over 60% of his passes, he’s produced 12 touchdowns against just three interceptions.
This is a significant improvement from Winston’s last season in Tampa, when he tossed 30 picks.
His top target in New Orleans is running back Alvin Kamara. The all-purpose back can do everything, as he leads the team in rushing and receptions.
The Saints are still without wide receiver Michael Thomas. His return to the lineup should help expand the field and make things easier for Winston.
Injuries plagued him a year ago, but he hauled in 149 receptions in 2019 to set a new NFL best.
Even though he’s getting closer to playing, he won’t be of help this weekend. That leaves Deonte Harris and Marquez Callaway as the top receivers on the outside.
Both have shown flashes and combined for 25 grabs for more than 450 yards, along with five scores through the air.
Seattle’s attack includes more familiar names but not the results head coach Pete Carroll is looking for thus far. It’s lost four of its last five contests and is running out of time in a very competitive division.
Geno Smith has two impressive receivers in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Each already surpassed 400 yards, and together, they own eight of the team’s 12 passing touchdowns.
Saints-Seahawks Odds At WV Sportsbooks
For the Seahawks to get to where they want to be, they must get more out of the running game. This team always relies on the ground and pound but finds itself in 16th right now in rushing yards per game.
Since veteran Chris Carson is on the IR until at least Week 10, Alex Collins is the lead man. He’s seen his opportunities continue to grow this year and was great against the Steelers.
Collins totaled over 100 yards on just 20 carries and found the end zone in the third quarter.
If the backup in Smith receives some help around him, it’s certainly possible for Seattle to pull an upset on Monday night.
Currently, DraftKings Sportsbook WV lists the Saints laying -4.5 in the point spread. They’re available to bet on the moneyline at -225, compared to the underdog Seahawks with odds of +185.
The game total for this one is fairly low considering some of the scoring we see on a weekly basis. The online sportsbook has it at only 43 points, tied for the second-lowest total this weekend.
Every Seattle game this season reached at least this total, with the previous two landing right on the number.
The last two meetings for the Saints exceeded 43 points, while their first three did not.
These two sides last met in Week 3 of the 2019 season. Teddy Bridgewater led the Saints to a six-point victory on the road, 33-27.
As mentioned, Seattle needs to turn it around quickly. Several other teams in the NFC West are looking good, including the only undefeated team remaining, Arizona.
New Orleans has a little more wiggle room but needs to string some wins together if it plans to contend with Tampa Bay.
Monday Night Football Props
Mountain State bettors can put action down on this game in a variety of ways. Outside of the standard markets, the majority of books allow you to bet on certain game and player props.
At BetMGM WV, there are already plenty of options. It should be noted that player props will be added to the sportsbook when the start of the game approaches.
It offers an interesting market where you can decide if both teams will score a specific amount of points.
The most even split is set at 20 points, where you can take the yes option at +140 or the no with odds of -185. There are alternates to this prop, including if both teams will reach 10 points.
BetMGM shows both teams getting to 10 at -650, while the no selection has odds of +400.
You also have the freedom to wager on individual team totals. With lots of choices for each, bettors can decide how to play this.
There is the safe route, like taking the Saints to score more than 19.5 points at -275. On the other side of things, you can bet on Seattle to hit 28 points with odds of +340.