New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders: prediction, betting preview and tips
Points may be scarce in first NFL game in Vegas
Free NFL picks, best bets and analysis for New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football.
Where to watch
Sky Sports NFL, 1.20am Monday
Under 48.5 points
2pts 10-11 general
The NFL heads to Las Vegas for the first time on Monday and although the atmosphere will not be the one anticipated for the Raiders' debut in Nevada, the home side should be buoyed by an opening win over the Carolina Panthers last week.
However, they face a tough task against the New Orleans Saints, a team renowned for their ability on both sides of the ball and who got their season off to a fine start by beating Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
The Saints defence played an integral part in securing that 34-23 victory and another big performance should be expected.
They should provide a much stiffer test for Derek Carr and the Raiders than the one they faced last week and it may be that the points line has been cast a little high for this one.
The Saints will have to do without wide receiver Michael Thomas and that could be a huge miss as he hasn't been out of action since 2016.
Veteran quarterback Drew Brees will undoubtedly miss his favourite target and this could turn into a scrappy affair.
- New Orleans have covered the handicap in seven of their last nine games against the Raiders
- The points total has gone under the line in six of the Raiders' last eight matches
- Las Vegas have won two of their last nine games
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