After the 21-18 victory against the Atlanta Falcons last week, the New Orleans Saints are still alive in a tightly AFC South title. They will head to Cleveland this week and try to steal a win that could make them share the top spot in their division.
The Saints have seen their fortunes fluctuate over the past 10 weeks, with wins and losses taking turns. Despite their 5-9 record, they still have a shot at the NFC South lead if they can win the remaining two games and have the other contenders falter.
The Browns, meanwhile, have a glimmer of hope – though odds are stacked immensely against them – by having a 1% chance of making the playoffs with just a few weeks left in the regular season.
This is set at a record-low in terms of total points, and if that number holds true, it would be amongst one of the lowest since Oct 17, 2004, when the Buffalo Bills hosted the Miami Dolphins. On that day Buffalo won 20-13 against two very low-performing teams – with quarterbacks Jay Fielder representing Miami and Drew Bledsoe leading Buffalo.
Saints vs. Buccaneers Odds/Game Lines Week 12
|FanDuel Louisiana Odds||Saints||Browns|
|Point Spread||+2.5 (-104)||-2.5 (-118)|
|Totals||O 31.5 (-110)||U 31.5 (-110)|
|Will There Be Overtime?||Yes +1460||No -3500|
|DraftKings Louisiana Odds||Saints||Browns|
|Point Spread||+2.5 (-115)||-2.5 (-105)|
|Totals||O 32 (-105)||U 32 (-110)|
|1st To Score||-105||-125|
Saints vs. Browns Preview Week 16
Although the harsh winter weather can often disrupt road travel, this weekend could be particularly grueling for holiday travelers. The “bomb cyclone” combined with cold air from Canada means that many traveling in pursuit of seasonal cheer will have to stay bundled up against Mother Nature’s chill. NFL fans should prepare for a rough ride as several games, especially the Saturday evening clash between the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns, could be changed and potentially even relocated due to the weather conditions.
Of all the games at risk, Saints vs. Browns stands out as it has gone from a projected total of 35 points just a few days ago to 32 points at DraftKings Sportsbook and 31.5 points at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Low totals like this are not seen very often in recent years, with the last total of this caliber happening back in 2009 when the Colts went up against the Bills, while 32 was last seen in 2008 during a Browns and Bengals matchup.
Though they aren’t necessarily known as an offensive powerhouse, the New Orleans Saints are keeping their NFC South hopes alive. Last Sunday they managed to defeat Atlanta 21-18 at home, giving them a 5-9 record and making them just one game out of first place in the division.
A testament to their defense, the Saints have now held opponents to 20 points or less for five straight games – an impressive statistic demonstrating their capability for strong defensive play. Despite a tendency to struggle in cold-weather road games, 2-4 SU since 2006, the Saints hope that their steady defensive capabilities will make each game manageable and help propel them into the playoffs, a feat currently given +1400 odds at DraftKings online sportsbook.