New Orleans Saints will meet Arizona Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Week 3 of the 2021 preseason. Both teams head to Saturday evening’s match with the identical record – 1-1 – but in different moods. Last week, the home side celebrated a victory against Jacksonville Jaguars, while the visitors lost to Kansas City Chiefs.
The Saints had an excellent 12-4 record in the NFL 2020 season, and they entered playoffs after topping the NFC South. Nevertheless, they couldn’t go further than the quarterfinals, where Tampa Bay Buccaneers eliminated them. On the other hand, the Cardinals had an 8-8 record, and they missed the chance to progress to the playoffs. The away side will try to improve in 2021 and challenge a place in the latter stages of the season.
New Orleans Saints – Can they book another home victory?
The hosts bounced back after the Week 1 defeat against Baltimore Ravens to beat Jacksonville Jaguars 23-21. They were in control of the game until the last quarter when they gave up 18 points but still secured the win. The Saints still have a decision to make around the starting QB in the season opener, as Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill played very well last week. Wilson put an excellent first-quarter display and threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns in 9-10. On the other hand, Hill put up 138 yards and a score.
Despite allowing 18 points in the last quarter, the Saints’ defense gave up just 45 rushing yards to Jacksonville. Jordan Smith and Shaquille Quarterman combined for eight tackles for New Orleans. We will likely see many starters in both offensive and defensive lineups, as the Saints have some decisions to make, especially for several positions in the defense and at quarterback.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Alvin Kamara, Deonte Harris, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Marquez Callaway, Juwan Johnson, Alex Armah, Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Erik McCoy, Cesar Ruiz, Ryan Ramczyk
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Cameron Jordan, Albert Huggins, Shy Tuttle, Marcus Davenport, Kwon Alexander, Demario Davis, Kaden Elliss, Natrell Jamerson, Malcolm Jenkins, Marcus Williams, Marshon Lattimore
Quarter Back: Jameis Winston
Kicker: Aldrick Rosas
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Arizona Cardinals – Will they improve after last week’s defeat?
Arizona Cardinals suffered a 17-10 defeat against the Chiefs last week at home, after celebrating a 19-16 victory over Cowboys in Week 1. In the latest game, we didn’t see the Cardinals scoring in the first half. They played their starting QB Kyler Murray for the first time in the preseason, but he didn’t see too much of the action. Actually, Murray played only in the first three series, which probably reflected Arizona’s poor record of gaining only 239 total yards.
The Cardinals’ backup QB Colt McCoy threw for 113 yards and an interception on 13-18. Ross Travis Caught a TD, while Greg Dortch led the receivers with 3 catches for 44 yards. On the other hand, the Cardinals’ defense gave up 141 rushing yards and 317 passing yards. It was a poor defensive performance, even with JJ Watt, a defensive end, playing for the first time this season. However, he’ll likely miss out on Saturday against the Saints.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Chase Edmonds, Rondale Moore, A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Darrell Daniels, D.J. Humphries, Sean Harlow, Rodney Hudson, Justin Murray, Kkelvin Beachum
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Zach Allen, Rashard Lawrence, Leki Fotu, Chandler Jones, Zaven Collins, Isaiah Simmons, Marus Golden, Byron Murphy Jr, Jalen Thompson, Budda Baker, Malcolm Butler
Quarter Back: Kyler Murray
Kicker: Matt Prater
Expert Pick #1 – Saints to Win ML @-175
I’m taking the Saints to win ML as the first bet, as we should see a battle at quarterback between Hill and Winston. Consequently, they could get plenty of action, which could bring them an advantage over the Cardinals. New Orleans Saints are favorites here, and they will be my major pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Saints -3.5 @-110
Arizona is expected to play their offense starting lineup, but only in the first half. The Saints could take advantage of that, and although they didn’t dominate the stats too much in the previous two games, they could beat the spread here. New Orleans covered the spread eight times on the last 11 occasions, and my tip is that they could cover it again.
Expert Pick #3 – Saints to win by 1-6 margin @+300
We could also see defensive starters on both sides, at least during the first half. I don’t expect to see too many points here, as both teams have a tendency for the Under in their last clashes. However, I’ll go with a bet with more lucrative odds and pick the Saints to celebrate a win up to 6 points margin.