New Orleans Saints at Oakland Raiders Football Betting

Football betting on Saturday has the New Orleans Saints a small favorite as they take on the Raiders in Oakland.

The Raiders are getting a lot of respect in NFL betting even against a team like New Orleans which has the best offense in the NFL. Here is a look at this NFL preseason matchup for Saturday night.

Football betting odds have New Orleans as only a 1.5 point favorite with a total of 41.5. In the third football betting preseason game the starters usually go into the third quarter and that would definitely give the Saints the edge in this game. The NFL betting line really doesn’t show it though. New Orleans head coach Sean Payton has said that his starters will go into the third quarter in this football betting matchup. "I want to give the starters a full half and then see where they're at in the third quarter and give them some reps coming out of the locker room like we've typically done,'' Payton said. New Orleans could be an even better football betting wager since they may just go with two quarterbacks in this game. Drew Brees would play into the third quarter and then backup Mark Brunell would finish.

The Raiders have JaMarcus Russell at quarterback and he has had his moments in this football betting preseason but he is not anywhere near as good as Brees. Backup Jeff Garcia was hurt earlier in the preseason and hasn’t had a lot of work so he may get a lot of reps in this football betting preseason matchup.

The third football betting preseason game is oftentimes higher scoring than the other games since starters play more. With the New Orleans offense on the field there could be a lot of points in this football betting preseason matchup. The Saints had the top offense in the league a year ago as football betting statistics tell us and they look just as good this year with Brees throwing the ball around. Pierre Thomas is a solid running back and even without Reggie Bush, who has been injured, the Saints look potent in NFL betting.

This Saints and Raiders have not met in the football betting preseason since 2005. NFL betting odds favor the Saints on Saturday but not by a lot so this game is expected to be close and entertaining.