The Cardinals have Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner that can impact football betting while the Saints have Drew Brees. NFL odds week 1 numbers have the Cardinals a two point NFL betting favorite with a total of 36.
NFL betting could be high scoring in Arizona on Thursday. The football betting total of 36 is tied for the highest of the NFL odds week 1 numbers.
The Cardinals were 8-8 last season in head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s first year. They are looking to make the playoffs this year and be a force in NFL betting. NFL betting experts tell us that the Cardinals will not have wide receiver Anquan Boldin on Thursday as he sits with a bad hamstring. Receiver Early Doucet will also be held out according to football betting injury information. The quarterback rotation on Thursday according to NFL betting information has Leinart going a couple of series followed by Warner.
The Saints are looking at having a much improved year with several newcomers expected to make an impact in NFL betting. Tight end Jeremy Shockey comes over from the Giants and linebacker Jonathan Vilma comes over from the Jets. Both players should impact NFL betting lines. The Saints also added backup quarterback Mark Brunell and they are excited by first round pick, defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis from USC. The Saints also get running back Deuce McAllister back from injury this season although he will not play on Thursday according to NFL betting information. Also being held out on Thursday according to NFL betting information is Shockey, cornerbacks Mike McKenzie and Tracy Porter, wide receiver Devery Henderson. Receiver Marques Colston may also miss the game according to football betting information.
NFL betting stats show that the Saints and Cardinals have never met in the preseason. The Saints have a 3-0 lead in their all-time regular season series with the Cardinals according to football betting statistics. Last year the teams met in New Orleans and the Saints won 31-24 according to NFL betting stats.