Seldom do Monday Night Football matchup trends favor one team in such lopsided fashion, but there is plenty of football betting caution to exercise before throwing your money on the New Orleans Saints at -5.5.
True, the Saints are in win-now mode and have been a lock recently to cover spreads on the road. And they have dominated the Raiders, who open their new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas today.
Las Vegas has also been tough lately as an underdog, as done very well on Monday Nights and will get the energy boost of playing in a new home, even if its not full. Add that element, subtract Michael Thomas and the equation could be a Raiders cover or even an SU upset.
Saints vs Raiders Line: -5.5, Total 48.5 at SugarHouse Sportsbook
Why the Saints will cover the spread
Drew Brees & Friends were good but not great in beating the Bucs in Week 1. The win had more to do with other players and a defense that had two INTs. Meanwhile, Las Vegas won a high-scoring road game in Carolina which highlighted some flaws.
New Orleans has won 11 straight SU vs AFC teams and rides a 12-4 ATS streak in their past 16 games overall. They have dominated the Raiders (7-2 ATS past 9 meetings) and have been profitable as a road win, covering seven in a road and going 14-3 ATS in their past 17 games as visitors.