The Saints are favored on Sunday as they host the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game. The Saints have become a popular Superbowl betting choice with their high-powered offense.
Superbowl odds have the Saints at 2-1 to win Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints can definitely score a lot of points with quarterback Drew Brees and his talented group of receivers. Whether or not the Saints can play defense is another story. The other question becomes whether they can protect Brees from a defense that led the NFL in sacks this season. The Saints will throw the ball since they don’t have a strong rushing attack. They also don’t figure to get much on the ground against the middle of the Minnesota defense that is stout against the run. The wildcard for the Saints in Superbowl odds is Reggie Bush who was great last week in the win over Arizona. When Bush plays like he did last week the Saints are an explosive team that can really score from anywhere. The problem for New Orleans in Superbowl odds is that Bush doesn’t always show up and play big.
On the other side of the ball the Saints are led by free safety Darren Sharper who used to be with Minnesota. Sharper had a superb season for the Saints and he has the ability to cause Brett Favre and the Vikings trouble. Sharper has three interception returns for TDs this season and 11 in his career. He could be a player that impacts Superbowl betting.
The Saints are favored in Superbowl odds because they are at home. The Vikings were great in the Metrodome but on the road they did struggle a little bit. They went 4-4 away from home. The home field edge for the Saints is negated just a little bit because it is a dome. The Vikings have players who can take advantage of the turf and Brett Favre loves to play in domes.
New Orleans is the second choice in Superbowl odds behind the Indianapolis Colts and at 2-1 they don’t offer a lot of value in Superbowl betting. They are popular though in Superbowl betting because of their quarterback, the home field and the fact that people want to see the Saints win vs. the Superbowl odds.