Broncos vs Raiders 2019 Live: Oakland and Denver will face off at 10:20 p.m. ET Sept. 9 at Oakland Coliseum to kick off their 2019 seasons. Coming off of an uninspired 4-12 last-season record, The Raidersranked worst with respect to passing touchdowns allowed last year, where the squad gave up 36.Oakland has set their aspirations higher this season. Likewise, Denver Broncos vs Raiders 2019 struggled last year, ending up 6-10.A couple last-season stats to keep in the back of your head .
Two teams hoping to make a deep run in the playoffs, the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans, square off at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans in the first of two Monday Night Football games. The game will be the first for the Saints since they lost the NFC Championship Game to the Los Angeles Rams after a controversial no-call on a pass interference penalty. Meanwhile, the Texans will be playing their first game with new left tackle Laremy Tunsil and other key pieces after making multiple trades over Labor Day weekend. Kickoff is set for 7:10 p.m. ET. Sportsbooks list New Orleans as a seven-point favorite in the latest Saints vs. Texans odds, and the over-under for total points scored is 52.5. Before you make any Saints vs. Texans picks, see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
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Now the model has honed in on Saints vs. Texans on Monday Night Football. We can tell you it’s leaning under, and it says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations. That pick is available only at SportsLine.
The model has factored in that New Orleans has one of the top offenses in the NFL. Led by quarterback Drew Brees, who threw for 3,992 yards and 32 touchdowns against just five interceptions last season, the Saints averaged 31.5 points per game, third in the NFL. Top running back Alvin Kamara and leading receiver Michael Thomas are back to cause more damage.
The model also has taken into account that New Orleans has been nearly unbeatable at home. Over their last 18 home games, including the playoffs, the Saints are 15-3. They’ve outscored their opponents by an average of 8.5 points over that span.
Even so, New Orleans isn’t guaranteed to cover the Saints vs. Texans spread on Monday Night Football.
Houston’s acquisition of Tunsil should immediately improve the team since left tackle was the Texans’ weakest position. Over the last two seasons with journeymen and inexperienced players manning the position, Houston allowed 116 sacks, the most in the NFL and 12 more than the next worst team. Last season alone, the Texans gave up a league-high 62 sacks. However, with Tunsil playing left tackle the last two years, the Dolphins allowed just 85 sacks.
The model also has considered that New Orleans has been unsuccessful in season-openers. In fact, the Saints have lost five straight Week 1 contests, including two at home. Last season, New Orleans was a 10-point favorite at home against Tampa Bay but lost, 48-40.The New Orleans Saints are trying to kick off their season on a good note for the first time since 2013 when the Houston Texans come to town for Week 1’s Monday Night Football matchup inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The reigning AFC South champions are coming off their third playoff appearance in four years, while New Orleans is the two-time defending NFC South champion and is coming off its second-straight playoff appearance.
A look at all the Saints and Texans’ position groups, the intangibles and who has the edge:
QUARTERBACK: It’s 19-year vet Drew Brees vs. third-year quarterback Deshaun Watson. The edge goes to Brees, but let’s analyze the stats.
Watson played a full season last year after missing the rest of his stellar start of a rookie campaign due to a tore ACL. The Clemson alumnus tossed for 4,165 yards — ranking 11th in the league — with 26 touchdowns and rushed for 551 yards with five touchdowns last season. Watson’s quarterback rating came out to 103.1, which was sixth among all quarterbacks.Saints coach Sean Payton knows Houston’s dual-threat quarterback, who he likened to Carolina’s Cam Newton, isn’t to be looked over.
“The thing that’s impressive about Deshaun, he’s able to make plays outside the pocket when a play breaks down,” Payton said Thursday. “You have to be able to try as best you can to keep him from really hurting you in all areas of the field outside the pocket.”
Brees, as a 39-year-old, threw for 3,992 passing yards and 32 touchdowns with a league-leading 74.4 completion percentage. In total, Brees’ quarterback rating last year was a league-leading 115.7.
To quote Houston head coach Bill O’Brien, “He’s one of the best ever do it.”
The backups: New Orleans’ Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill. Houston’s AJ McCarron.
OFFENSIVE LINE: New Orleans’ offensive line returns both its starting guards and tackles, with the only new face to the pipeline being rookie center Erik McCoy. Payton said on Thursday that the team won’t announce the starter until gameday, but McCoy has solely taken reps with the ones since early in training camp.
The talent of Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Larry Warford and Ryan Ramczyk speaks for itself. New Orleans quarterbacks were only sacked 20 times last season, the second-lowest number in the league.
Compare that to the Texans, who led the league in sacks. Watson was sacked 62 times last season. That’s tied for the fifth-most ever for a single season.
To their credit, the Texans have made some personnel changes since last season. The Texans traded for left tackle Laremy Tunsil, a first round draft pick out of Ole Miss in 2016. The Texans also drafted left guard Tytus Howard out of Alabama State with their first round pick in 2019, and he’s listed as the starter at that position on the game’s flipcard depth chart.
Even with a new-look offensive line for the Texans, it’s not even close. Edge goes to New Orleans.
The backups: New Orleans’ Nick Easton, Will Clapp, Patrick Omameh, rookie Ethan Greenidge. Houston’s Roderick Johnson, Senio Kelemete, Greg Mancz, rookie Max Scharping.
The Saints start two-time Pro Bowler, do-it-all back Alvin Kamara. The starting running back listed on Houston’s depth chart is former Cleveland Brown Duke Johnson, after 2018 Pro Bowl running back Lamar Miller ended up on injured reserve for the season with an ACL injury.
Kamara totaled 1,592 yards from scrimmage last season (708 receiving, 883 rushing), while Johnson was primarily