A series of injuries to the New Orleans Saints offense have impacted this week’s NFL odds from Tipico Sportsbook, which now favors the visiting Buffalo Bills by 6.5 points over the undermanned Saints on Thursday night. That’s a full 2-point swing away from where the opening line was set, which had the Saints as 4.5-point underdogs in New Orleans.
Taken with the over/under (45.5) and you’ve got a proposed final tally in the neighborhood of Bills 26, Saints 20. That’s hardly encouraging, but there’s plenty to feel discouraged about with the Saints these days. Their offense has been eroded by more and more injuries and their defense has taken a step back from its early-season success.
And it’s tough to see how the Saints can put many points on the board without Alvin Kamara, Ryan Ramczyk, Adam Trautman, and Michael Thomas, to say nothing of the step down from Jameis Winston to Trevor Siemian and Taysom Hill. Maybe New Orleans can pull off an upset, but they’ve got a tough out ahead of them.