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    The NFC South-leading Saints (6-1) host the 3-3-1 Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m., with New Orleans looking to go into a Week nine bye on the high of a six-game winning streak. The Saints and Cardinals have played 29 times in the regular season, with the Saints trailing 14-15 in their series history.

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    Brees suffered a broken right thumb during the Saints’ 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2. The Saints (6-1) didn’t missed a beat with backup Teddy Bridgewater leading New Orleans to five consecutive wins. Before anyone thinks coach Sean Payton is dealing with a potential dilemma at the position, he had been steadfast in saying Brees would start when he’s ready to return.

    The Cardinals (3-3-1) have won three consecutive games by getting their offense cranked up. The Cardinals have averaged 29 points a game in their three wins and rookie quarterback Kyler Murray has completed 68 percent of his passes during that stretch. The Cardinals may have unearthed a star in running back Chase Edmonds, who rushed for a career-high 126 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the New York Giants in Week 7.

    The Saints have won and covered Teddy Bridgewater’s five starts since he replaced injured Drew Brees, and most people are saying they’re not going to fade them anymore. But I’m not most people. I believe we’re finally seeing where they’re being overrated in the betting market. Yes, I know the Saints are the far superior team on paper and on the field, but the Cardinals have been pesky underdogs at 5-1 ATS in that role this season, and have the running game (127 yards per game, whether it be David Johnson or last week’s star, Chase Edmonds) to take the pressure off rookie QB Kyler Murray. The last time they were double-digit road underdogs was Week 2 at Baltimore, and they lost just 23-17. A similar performance and outcome work for me.

    Arizona got off to a poor start on the year. However, after those recent losses the team had the Cardinals have managed to battle back to get their record to a respectable 3-3 mark on the year so far. All of the Cardinals wins have come in the last 3 games, though, and that could be a problem facing a Saints team that has looked well put together, even while using a backup quarterback.

    The Cardinals have managed to score at a clip of 23 points a game. The team has managed to get 253 yards a game in the air and 127 yards a game on the ground. When it comes to the defense the Cardinals have allowed 27.4 points a game on the year. The team has allowed only 286 yards a game in the air and 129 yards a game on the ground.

    The Saints are a team that has ripped off a lot of wins lately and that comes with them using a backup quarterback in the games. That is really impressive for the Saints who recently dominated the Chicago Bears team that had been playing really well and had a smothering defense that had been able to control the line nicely, until the Saints got a hold of them.

    This year the Saints have managed to score a total of 23.4 points a game. The Saints have thrown the ball for 258 yards a game, but have ran the ball for only 111 yards a game. The defense of the Saints is giving up 21 points a game on the year so far. The Rains have allowed 257 yards a game in the air and allowed only 91 yards a game on the ground.

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