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New Orleans Saints (7-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3) at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

NFL Week 10: 1:00 ET on Sunday, November 11, 2018

One of the best games of the weekend should be when the New Orleans Saints travel to Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Bengals. New Orleans is coming off a huge victory over the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Rams while Cincinnati is coming off of a bye week after earning a three-point victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two weeks ago.

Cincinnati leads the all-time series between these two teams, 7-6-0, and has won the most recent contest between the two, a 27-10 victory over the Saints in New Orleans in 2014. The Bengals have won four of the last five games between these two teams.

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Brees Outduels Goff in 45-35 Victory

It was a battle of age vs. youth, but it would be the wily veteran that would be the victor as Drew Brees threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns in the New Orleans Saints 45-35 victory over Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. The score was tied at 14 early in the second quarter before New Orleans scored 21 unanswered points to take a commanding lead. Los Angeles would battle back to tie the score at 35, but the Saints would score the final 10 points of the game, including a 72-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Michael Thomas that sealed the victory.

Brees is having arguably the best season of his Hall of Fame career, completing 76.3% of his passes with 18 touchdowns against just one interception. He has thrown for 2336 yards. Alvin Kamara leads the team with 490 yards and nine touchdowns and Thomas is first in receiving with 70 catches for 880 yards and five scores.

New Orleans is averaging 34.9 points per game while giving up 27.2 points per contest.

Cincinnati Looking to Catch Fire Coming out of Bye

The Cincinnati Bengals come out of their bye week looking to make a big playoff run. In their last contest, Cincinnati jumped out to a 21 point lead behind two touchdown runs by Joe Mixon and a 9-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd. The Bengals led by 18 heading into the half, but Tampa Bay would roar back to tie the score behind 18 points in the fourth quarter. However, with time expiring, Randy Bullock nailed a 44 yard field goal to give the Bengals a 37-34 victory.

Dalton finished 21 of 34 for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Mixon had a huge day, carrying the ball 21 times for 123 yards and two scores. Boyd had a big day as well, making nine catches 138 yards and a touchdown.

After a disappointing 2017, Dalton has rebounded this year, throwing for 17 touchdowns and 2102 yards. He has just eight interceptions this season. Mixon has 509 yards rushing and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Boyd has become the favorite target for Dalton, making 49 catches for 620 yards and five touchdowns. A.J. Green leads the team in touchdown receptions with six.

Cincinnati is averaging 27.6 points per game while giving up 29.6 points per contest.

Trends:

New Orleans:

  • 6-0 ATS in their last six games.
  • 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games on the road.
  • 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in November.

Cincinnati:

  • 4-1 ATS in their last five games against teams with a winning record.
  • 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games against teams with a winning record on the road.
  • 1-4 ATS in their last five games in Week 10.

The Winner Prediction

New Orleans is favored in this contest and that is completely understandable. They are coming off the biggest victory of the season when they defeated the previously undefeated Los Angeles Rams. They would likely be an overwhelming favorite in this game had it not been for the fact that Cincinnati is coming off of a bye week. That improves the Bengals odds in this game but is not going to be enough for them to slow down this Saints offense. Cincinnati’s defense is porous, to say the least, and Brees should have a huge day.

The Pick: New Orleans Saints (-5.0)

The Total

These are two teams that can put up points. Combined, they are averaging better than 62 points per game, and this is likely to be a high-scoring affair. Expect New Orleans to Win 35-31, which would put the total well over.

The Pick: Over 54.0

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