New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants Week 4 Complete Betting Preview and Odds
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans
TV Network: FOX
New Orleans Saints Record: (2-1-0 SU, 2-1-0 ATS)
New York Giants Record: (0-3-0 SU, 1-2-0 ATS)
Week 4 NFL: New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants
The New Orleans Saints, after a three-week delay, will finally host their season home-opening game at the renamed Caesars Superdome. Hurricane Ida displaced the Saints in August, causing disruption to their NFL schedule, forcing the Saints to relocate to Texas, and denying fans live football in September as the Saints played all three games on the road.
It goes without saying; the Superdome will be hopping on Sunday as NOLA faithful gets its first glimpse of the new-look Saints with Jameis Winston as the offensive pivot. Which Saints team shows up, though, is the guiding question. Will it be the side that beat the Packers and Patriots in Week 1 and 3? Or will it be the side that faceplanted against the Panthers in Week 2? There's a big difference between the two.
If the NFL odds were any indication, books project the version of Weeks 1 and 3 to make an appearance. Books opened with the Saints laying just over a touchdown to the New York Giants, while the total opened on 43.5 points. The Giants are still searching for their first win of the season, but pulling it off at the raucous Caesars Superdome is a big ask.
New Orleans Saints Odds & Overview: Will the Real Saints Please Stand Up!
The Saints have more faces than Jekyll and Hyde, making them one of the most frustratingly inconsistent teams in the NFL. This is a problem for betting because it's impossible to wager on (or against) the Saints with any confidence knowing that anything can happen, even the unthinkable. Moreover, Saints Odds seem to go where the wind blows, making it difficult to get a handle on their genuine merit.
From week to week, the Saints swing like a pendulum from favor to disfavor. The Saints opened the season on one of the biggest upsets of Week 1, beating the Packers 38-3 as the +3.5 underdogs. Then, against Carolina in Week 2, the Saints, closing as the -3 road chalk, were upset by the Panthers in a lopsided, 26-7 decision. And last Sunday, the Saints, closing as the 3-point road underdogs, walloped the Patriots 28-13 at Foxboro.
New York Giants Odds & Overview: One Giant Mess
The Giants stagger into New Orleans riding a three-game losing streak, with losses to the Denver Broncos, Washington Football Team, and the Atlanta Falcons. The G-men got off to a slow start in their season home-opener and lost 27-13 to the Broncos. But in their last two games, fourth-quarter collapses and an inability to close out games has been their undoing. Most recently, the Giants saw their lead over the Falcons slip away in the fourth quarter, and they went on to lose 17-14.
Joe Judge's seat must be scorching hot right now, so too, Jason Garrett's. Both bear responsibility for turning the Giants into the tepid, hapless, battered version that's taken the field in the first three games. The former started his tenure with the Giants on a five-game losing streak in 2020 and finished on a 6-10 record. His second term is following in a similar poor vein of form, two defeats away from matching the 0-5 start in his first season as a head coach. There must be something he's not getting right.
On the flipside, Garrett's offensive play-calling lacks imagination, creativity and shows no inclination to go for the jugular. Watching paint dry is more thrilling than the Giants' offense. They managed merely 14 points against a Falcons team that donated 80 combined to the Eagles and Buccaneers in their first two games. The offense averages 18.7 points per game, 24th in the league, and the defense is allowing 24.7 points per game, 16th in the league.
New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants Odds
|Giants||+290||+7.5 (-110)||Over 42 (-105)|
|Saints||-333||-7.5 (-105)||Under 42 (-110)|
New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants Betting Preview
On balance, the Saints have more charisma and energy about them than the Giants, and that difference underscores their NFL odds for this Sunday's showdown at the Superdome. However, Jameis Winston is a mercurial quarterback, and the Saints are notoriously inconsistent, which makes a wager on the Saints to cover a risky bet every day.
That sentiment is displayed in the consensus betting report for Saints vs. Giants, which shows the public is going against the market and grabbing the Giants +7.5. It would seem that the temptation of that many points on the board outweighs any issues, reservations, or question marks that hang over the Giants.
All in all, this is the most challenging game of Week 4's slate to predict. So, with that in mind, no matter which side is picked, don't bet the farm on it.