New Orleans Saints Giving Two-Touchdowns To Cleveland Browns
October 19th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The New Orleans Saints finally looked like the New Orleans Saints in their victory this past Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Quarterback Drew Brees and the offense put up over 30 points in a 31-6 win, propelling them into a tie with Atlanta in the NFC South division.

For the Browns, they decided to start rookie quarterback Colt McCoy this past week against the Steelers, as the rookie threw for 281 yards in a losing effort.  Cleveland sits at 1-5 on the season, and have turned to McCoy as the start as they continue to try and develop him as a passer in the NFL.

Looking ahead at this one for the Saints on offense, Brees and company got things moving against the Buccaneers this past week.  Brees threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers, spreading the ball around while keep Tampa Bay on their heels.  Look for New Orleans to continue this trend against the Browns.  The Saints got a fantastic rushing effort from Chris Ivory, who tabbed 158 yards on the afternoon in place of Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, both out with injuries.  If New Orleans can continue to get production from Ivory, 30 points for the Saints will be much more common.

For the Browns on defense, they could be in for a challenge, as they rank 21st against the pass and 23rd against the run.  The Browns have been prone to give up big plays, though rookie defensive back Joe Haden continues to show improvement, intercepting a pass last week against Pittsburgh.

For Cleveland on offense, McCoy threw one touchdown and two interceptions against probably the best defense they will see all season.  That is the good news for McCoy and company.  The bad news is that the Saints are an aggressive secondary and can create turnovers.  However, if McCoy can protect  the ball, and Peyton Hillis gets production on the ground, there is no reason to think the Browns can’t keep this a good game.

Defensively for the Saints, they are stout against the pass, ranking seventh in the NFL giving up only 195.5 yards per game.  They are mediocre by league standards against the run, ranking 15th, where Cleveland could potentially exploit the weakness.  Look for the Saints defense to get after the rookie quarterback however, trying to force him into quick decisions and tight throws.

Game Line-

USA Online Sportsbooks have set New Orleans as a 13.5-point favorite in this Week 7 NFL Match Up, with the over/under set at 43 points.

ATS Betting Trends-

NFL Betting Trends indicate that the Browns are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.  New Orleans is 2-7 ATS in their last nine games on field turf.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The Over is 17-8-1 in the Saints last 26 games at home.

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