NFL Week 8 Preview: New Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis Rams

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The Breeder’s Cup betting is getting a lot of attention in New Orleans because they love horse racing in the Big Easy. But the anticipation of the New Orleans Saints playing another sub-par defense in week eight after completely dismantling the Indianapolis Colts in week seven is getting even more talk. The Saints played the Sunday night game against the Colts in week seven and wound up winning the game 62-7. It was a dominating performance by New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees that could easily be repeated in week eight.

The St. Louis Rams gave a little preview of their pending week eight defensive break down in its week seven loss to the Dallas Cowboys. In a game that should have been close, the Rams disappointed the price per head bookmaking crowd by giving up 287 rushing yards to just two Dallas running backs which featured rookie running back DeMarco Murray picking up 253 rushing yards. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, who has been largely ineffective all season long, picked up only 166 passing yards for the game but he threw two touchdowns and no interceptions. Things were supposed to be challenging in St. Louis this season, but they were not supposed to be so outwardly bad.

New Orleans Saints

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers losing to the Chicago Bears in London, England in week seven, the Saints were able to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC South with a 5-2 record. Head coach Sean Payton called the game from the press box after having surgery to repair a broken leg and ACL injury he suffered in a sideline collision in week six. But the Saints just keep on rolling and it looks like the New Orleans defense has finally caught up to the offense as far as being in mid-season form. The Saints’ defense was superb against the Colts, which makes this NFL betting picks easier.

St. Louis Rams

Instead of taking a few more steps forward this season and building on a decent end to last year, the Rams have regressed horribly and are in definite danger of going 0-16. In the week seven loss to the Cowboys, the Rams showed that its defense has no teeth. It could not stop the run and it was not effective enough to prevent a relatively ineffective Tony Romo from throwing two touchdown passes. With starting quarterback Sam Bradford out and veteran back-up A.J. Feeley starting, the Rams’ offense looks lost. Running back Steven Jackson was only able to gain 70 rushing yards at a time when the running game needed to pick up the passing game. It is not a pretty sight in St. Louis right now.

The Bottom Line

The only thing that NFL fans in St. Louis can hope for in this game is that the Saints do not run up another 62 point embarrassment. But, judging by the way the Rams’ defense has been playing, 62 points is a definite possibility.

Pick: New Orleans Saints

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