In Week 10, two of the most scrappy teams in the NFL will face each other in Nashville on Sunday afternoon. The New Orleans Saints (5-3) are second place in the NFC South.
They’ll be taking on the top seed in the AFC, the Tennessee Titans (7-2). The latest NFL betting lines have the Titans as a 3-point favorite.
Can the Saints outscore the Titans in Week 10? Let’s take a closer look.
NFL Week 10: How Good Are the New Orleans Saints?
As the NFL heads into Week 10, the New Orleans Saints are an interesting team to consider. After eight games, the Saints have averaged just over 25 points per matchup.
Their defense has allowed less than 20 points per game, tied for best in the NFC with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Saints are 2-2 on the road and ATS as the away team this season.
On the other hand, the Titans have allowed a little more than 23 points per contest after nine games. They are the best team in the AFC, likewise for their 3-1 home record ATS.
So, the Saints will have to be at their best this week. They’ve averaged 26 points in their last five matchups. But in their four road games this season, that average is just shy of 21 points.
After losing to a divisional rival, the Atlanta Falcons, the Saints still hold the sixth seed in the NFL playoff picture. The Falcons rose three spots to the seventh seed.
The Saints trailed 17-3 heading into the fourth quarter last week against the Falcons. However, they scored 22 points in the final eight minutes.
The Titans’ defense is playing some of its best football of the season. So how well do the Saints stack up against them?
Saints vs. Titans
Sean Payton will need to develop a great game plan this week. If the Saints have any chance of outscoring the Titans, it might come down to the fourth quarter.
After getting shut out for three quarters against the Falcons, Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian threw three touchdown passes on consecutive drives within the last eight minutes.
A failed two-point conversion left the Saints down by one point with a minute to go. On the next drive, the Falcons’ first play ended up being a 64-yard pass from Matt Ryan that put the Falcons in scoring position on the 11-yard line.
As the season progresses, those are costly mistakes.
These mistakes are what the Titans will be looking to capitalize on with Derrick Henry sidelined. On the other side of the football without him, the team amassed a measly 69 rushing yards among six rushers (including Ryan Tannehill) on 26 attempts.
The Titans’ defense intercepted Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford twice last week. All eyes will be on how well they can keep the Saints out of the end zone in Week 10.
With an over-under at 44.5, this game isn’t expected to be all that high-scoring. For the Saints, the point total at 20.5 offers -120 odds for the over and -105 for the under.
Can the Saints score more than 21 points against the Titans?
Can the Saints Score More than 21 Points?
I believe this is the week where the Titans show their vulnerabilities as a team without Henry. Unfortunately, their home-field advantage might be the only thing that helps the Titans this week when they host the Saints.
The Saints will need a win to stay alive in the playoff picture, much more than the Titans. I’d even take the Saints to score in the upper 20s. I like their potential this week.
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