SBG Sportsbook opened with New England as a 1.5-point favorite and with an over/under of 36.
Both the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots are among the top choices of handicappers to make Super Bowl 45 in February. The Saints are the defending world champions that have one of the most explosive offensive attacks in NFL history while the Patriots are the perennial contenders of the AFC that are always in the Super Bowl conversation. New England won the AFC East Division last year but was dominated in a home playoff loss to Baltimore.
While this matchup is between two powerhouse teams the actual players on the field will not be the same that you would see in the regular or post season as this is the preseason opener for both clubs and plenty of backups and try out players will get snaps with key proven veterans seeing limited action.
One of those backups that could be a factor in this one is Saints quarterback Patrick Ramsey. Ramsey signed with the Saints just a couple of weeks ago as the much needed backup to Drew Brees. The 31-year old journeyman was on the rosters of Tennessee and Detroit last year but saw no action. Ramsey has been in the NFL for 9 seasons and started his career with the Washington Redskins. He is something of a local hero in that he played his college ball at Tulane. Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield will also see preseason action in the battle to back up Brees.
The veteran Patriots will certainly “empty the bench” for this exhibition opener. Coach Bill Belichick and his staff will spend much of the preseason evaluating the 24 draft picks that they have stockpiled over the past 2 off seasons. Belichick has stated that nearly all positions are open and there to be taken by the best performers in training camp. The Patriots knew that the time had come to mix in new younger players with key veterans after their Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants in February 2008.
Sports Betting news reports that quarterback Tom Brady’s contract status is another key component to Camp Belichick. Brady is in the final year of his current deal and wants an extension but vowed he will not allow the negotiations become a distraction.
“I’m not into playing games,” said Brady. “I just want to come out here and do the best I can do.”