Saints Playing With Us Against the World Mentality
Saints Playing With “Us Against the World” Mentality
By Tony Salinas
I really like what I’m seeing so far this season with the New Orleans Saints. And, I’m very interested to see if they can keep their “Us Against the World” mentality going when they visit the New England Patriots late Sunday afternoon in the biggest game of the day in the NFL.
You knew the potential was here for this all along. Head coach Sean Payton would be returning after a ridiculous one-year suspension. Drew Brees is still in his prime as a superstar NFL quarterback. If they could just solve their problems on defense, they were going to do what they could to embarrass Commissioner Roger Goodell by having a fantastic season.
Right now…they’re not just a contender. You’d be hard pressed to find a team playing better in the NFC than the New Orleans Saints. I would have picked Seattle two weeks ago. But, they were lucky to win in Houston before losing in Indianapolis. Probably “Seattle at home” is the best team in the NFC because that loud home crowd makes it so hard for opposing offenses to audible against a great defense. “New Orleans anywhere” is right behind “Seattle at home” in the NFC in my view…currently ahead of the inconsistent San Francisco 49ers and the injury-riddled Green Bay Packers.
Will that be enough to win at New England from the hotter AFC? The Vegas pointspread makes it close to a toss-up. You can tell right there that the Saints are getting a lot of respect in Vegas because it’s very hard to be a short dog in Foxboro against Tom Brady.
Here’s what the Saints have done so far against market expectations…
New Orleans (-3) beat Atlanta 23-17 (gaining over 400 yards)
New Orleans (3.5) didn’t cover in a 16-14 win at Tampa Bay (very wet conditions)
New Orleans (-7) crushed Arizona 31-7
New Orleans (-7) crushed Miami 38-17
New Orleans (pk) beat Chicago 26-18 (in control the whole way)
That’s 5-0 straight up and 4-1 ATS against a pretty decent schedule. It’s not like they were blowing out Jacksonville or the slumping teams from the NFC East. The only thing that got in their way was torrential rain and a wet field in Tampa Bay. New England better hope it rains Sunday in Foxboro!
What strikes me most about the Saints from watching them on the big screens at sportsbooks here in Las Vegas is that they’re playing consistent business-like football while having a chip on their shoulder. Some teams get so mad after an injustice that they lose their composure. They have one or two really good games with that “Us Against the World” mentality, but then their anger gets the best of them. New Orleans is a slow steady force on a mission. This could very easily position them for a #1 or #2 seed in the NFC brackets, while also allowing them to cover a lot of spreads because they’re not having flat spots.
I’m still deciding as I write this whether or not I’ll have a play for my clients in the Saints/Patriots game. I prefer getting more points when I’m fading Brady! I can tell you that I think the Saints are “for real” as an NFC Super Bowl hopeful. I will be looking to find value with them on a regular basis until the oddsmakers catch up to the impact of their great team attitude.
I keep hearing about how “the numbers guys” are going to take over Las Vegas with their math degrees and formulas. They’re taking a bath so far this year! You can’t put intangibles into numbers. If you tell a team they have “no chance” to do something, they’ll do whatever they can to prove you wrong. If you punish a team unfairly, they’ll band together to get their revenge. On the other end of the spectrum, if a head coach loses the support of his team, the Vegas lines have no chance to reflect how badly their going to play until a change is made. Ask USC about that.
Being able to recognize the power of emotion, intensity, and focus is what separates real handicappers from computers. If you’ve been losing this year because you’ve been thinking too much about numbers and not enough about what actually wins and loses football games, you can sign up for my service right here at the website with your credit card. I have great rates for college and pro football. You can try things out on a day-by-day basis to get your feet wet if you wish. If you have any questions, talk to my representative at the Vegas-Sports-Masters office by calling 1-888-777-4155.
You know what? It’s been ME AGAINST THE WORLD ever since I moved out to Las Vegas many years ago. I’m still winning! Make sure YOU start GETTING THE BEST OF IT with TONY SALINAS!
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