The New England Patriots welcome the New Orleans Saints to Gillette Stadium Sunday afternoon in a game that will look vastly different from when the two teams last met in 2017. Gone are the days of Tom Brady and Drew Brees manning the field for epic battles. Enter Mac Jones and Jameis Winston, who have both had successes and struggles so far in this very early 2021 NFL season.
Here is a full betting preview for the Week 3 contest:
Patriots vs. Saints Moneyline, Spread and Total
Line: New England -2.5
Patriots team total O/U: 22.5
Saints team total O/U: 20.5
Moneyline: New England -145 | New Orleans +125
The Patriots and Saints last met four years ago on Sept. 17, 2017. Brady outlasted Brees, throwing for 447 yards and three touchdowns. Brees held his own, though, throwing for 356 yards and two touchdowns in a spectacular quarterback duel.
While Brady and Brees will no longer be on the field, both James White and Alvin Kamara were both members of the 2017 teams. Expect a run-heavy approach from both teams as the Patriots look to ease Jones into the NFL and the Saints look to help Winston bounce back from an ugly Week 2 loss to the Panthers.
For more, here are the full odds for the Patriots-Saints game.
All odds provided by our partner, PointsBet.
How to Watch Patriots-Saints in Week 3
Kickoff for the Patriots' game against the Saints is set for Sunday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. You can find more info about how to watch the game here.
Patriots Props to Watch for Week 3
Mac Jones passing yards O/U: 240.5
Damien Harris rushing yards O/U: 59.5
Jakobi Meyers receiving yards O/U: 48.5
Nelson Agholor receiving yards O/U: 44.5
After throwing for 286 yards against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1, Jones’ passing total dropped to 186 yards in a Week 2 win over the New York Jets. His Week 3 over/under is almost exactly in between those two figures as he goes up against a Saints defense that held Aaron Rodgers to 186 passing yards and three points in the season opener.
On the ground, Damien Harris has a slightly higher over/under rushing total than his counterpart, Saints running back Alvin Kamara (59.5). Harris has surpassed 60 yards in the first two games of the 2021 season, going for 100 against the Dolphins and 62 against the Jets.
PointsBet is expecting a mild day from Patriots pass catchers on Sunday after James White was their leading receiver with 45 yards out of the backfield in Week 2. While the Saints held the Packers in check to start the season, the Panthers had three skill position players surpass 50 receiving yards in Week 2.
Patriots ATS Record and Game Results
The Patriots covered in their Week 2 win over the Jets and are now 1-1 against the spread.
Here are some takeaways from the Patriots’ Week 2 performance:
- NFL Week 2 winners, losers: Belichick gives Wilson harsh welcome
- Here’s what Mac Jones said to Zach Wilson after Patriots beat Jets
- Key takeaways from Patriots’ Week 2 win over Jets, Zach Wilson
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Patriots Futures Odds Before Week 3
Oddsmakers are high on the Patriots despite their missing out on the postseason last year and their 1-1 start to this season.
Patriots to make the playoffs -105
Patriots to win the AFC East +325 (second behind Bills)
Patriots to win the Super Bowl +4000 (tied for 17th in the NFL)
Here are some of the odds for various Patriots players to win season-long awards:
Mac Jones to win Most Valuable Player +8000
Mac Jones to win Offensive Rookie of the Year +225 (best in the NFL)
Christian Barmore to win Defensive Rookie of the Year +10000
Kyle Van Noy to win Defensive Player of the Year +15000
Dont’a Hightower to win Comeback Player of the Year +15000
Bill Belichick to win Coach of the Year +2000
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