Kamara touchdown would not be unbelievable
Rookie can make his mark
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New England's homecoming as Super Bowl champions did not go to plan last week, but there should be no signs of panic in the Patriots camp.
Each of the last three times they have lost their first game under Bill Belichick they have gone on to win the Super Bowl and they should still be considered hot favourites to at least claim a top-two seeding in the AFC.
They conceded three touchdowns in the final quarter in their 42-27 defeat to Kansas City and bookmakers are anticipating another free-scoring encounter in New Orleans, where gunslinger QB Drew Brees will be looking to help the Saints avoid a consecutive loss.
An entertaining clash looks likely and while both Brees and opposite number Tom Brady are celebrated for their passing ability, it could be running backs who play key roles.
Patriots rusher Mike Gillislee reached the end zone three times in the defeat to the Chiefs when Brady failed to register a touchdown pass, and James White could have his fair share of touches, but the situation with the Saints is more intriguing.
Former Vikings star Adrian Peterson was plainly disgruntled at being involved in just nine plays against his old team on Monday, but Saints coach Sean Payton likes to share the rushing burden.
Mark Ingram can expect to take his fair share, but the main beneficiary could be rookie Alvin Kamara, who is attractively priced at 9-2 to score a touchdown.
The former Tennessee running back, who was drafted in the third round, put up some decent statistics in college and is also a threat in the passing game.
He could make more of an impression than his more experienced colleagues despite injuries on their offensive line.
A Kamara to score a touchdown
1pt 9-2 bet365
Linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee) and wide receivers Danny Amendola (concussion/knee) and Matthew Slater (hamstring) have all been ruled out.
Offensive tackles Terron Armstead (shoulder) and Zach Strief (knee) will miss the game.
New Orleans have covered the handicap in seven of their last nine games against New England.
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