Saints Open as Surprising Underdogs Against Chiefs in Week 15
Week 15 brings football fans a preview of a potential Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints. Both are fighting for a first-round bye in their respective conferences.
Despite the fact that they're playing at home, FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds have the Saints coming in as surprisingly big 3.5-point underdogs in this game.
The Saints are coming off a loss, but they've still looked incredible this season. Even in four games with Taysom Hill at QB, they've out-scored their opponents by an average of 11.25 points per game.
In comparison, the Chiefs have out-scored their opponents by an average of 9.4 points per game this season.
The Chiefs have the better record, but the advanced metrics do tilt toward the Saints.
Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics have the Chiefs as the league's No. 1 offense, while the Saints are the No. 2 defense. The Saints also check in at No. 8 in offensive DVOA though, while the Chiefs rank just 18th defensively.
Even with no word yet on whether Drew Brees returns to action, it's a shocker to see the Chiefs favored by more than a field goal while the Saints are also playing with the benefit of home-field advantage.
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