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The New Orleans Saints fell flat against high expectations in Week 4. They were heavily favored to knock off the visiting New York Giants, but instead lost a close game in overtime. Now Tipico Sportsbook has opened up their Week 5 odds with the Saints again favored to win, but only slightly.
Right now, New Orleans is favored to fly out and beat the Washington Football Team on the road by 2.5 points. The game’s initial over/under is set at 44.5 points, suggesting a final tally around New Orleans 24, Washington 21. That’s too close for comfort for a team that couldn’t finish up an even worse opponent.
But we’ll see how the week unfolds. The Saints should get some players back from injured reserve, while Washington has its own number of injuries to manage. They’re quarterbacked by Taylor Heinicke, a feisty journeyman who has thrown 8 touchdowns against 3 interceptions while completing 69.5% of his passes this year, averaging an impressive adjusted net yards per pass attempt (accounting for sacks and scoring plays) of 8.01. Let’s hope the Saints do a better job preparing for him than they did readying for Daniel Jones last week.