NFL Games of the Year: Saints out for revenge vs. 49ers
Odds are out for the biggest and best games of the upcoming NFL season. Teddy Covers gives you his insight into some of these marquee matchups and predicts where the odds could move before kickoff.
NFL Week 11: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (-3)
Past history: The 49ers beat the Saints 31-21 in New Orleans last year, in large part thanks to a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns. San Francisco also knocked the Saints out of the playoffs in 2011 in a wild 36-32 thriller, scoring the game-winning touchdown with only nine seconds remaining on the clock.
Early look at San Francisco: The defending NFC Champs are absolutely loaded, avoiding the massive offseason personnel losses that plague many top teams. Quarterback Colin Kapernick has new weapons like Anquan Boldin and rookie Quinton Patton and the defense is loaded with both Pro-Bowl level talent and solid depth.
Early look at New Orleans: Last year was a wasted season for the Saints, with all of their coaching upheaval, but Sean Payton and his complete staff are poised for a return to the playoffs in 2013. Their defense can only improve as they transition to a 3-4 with man coverage on the outside and the Drew Brees-led offense tied for the league lead with a 6.2 yards per play average last year.
Where this line will move: Wiseguys have been betting on New Orleans all summer, driving up their pointspreads and season win total while driving down their odds to win the NFC South and/or the Super Bowl. And the Saints could be public darlings by Week 11 after facing the mediocre (at best) Bills, Jets and Cowboys in the three weeks prior to this showdown.