Monday Night Football odds, spread, line: Seahawks vs. Saints picks, predictions from expert on 25-9 roll

Week 7 of the 2021 NFL schedule concludes with an NFC matchup on Monday Night Football. The New Orleans Saints will visit the Seattle Seahawks, with both teams facing a sense of urgency. The Saints are 3-2 this season and coming off a bye in Week 6. The Seahawks are 2-4 after a Week 6 loss, with star quarterback Russell Wilson (finger) out of action for an extended period of time.

Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET in Seattle. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Saints as four-point road favorites, while the Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 41.5 in its latest Seahawks vs. Saints odds. Before you make any Saints vs. Seahawks picks and NFL predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine NFL expert Larry Hartstein has to say.

A former lead writer for Covers and The Linemakers, Hartstein combines a vast network of Vegas sources with an analytical approach he honed while working for Pro Football Focus. Entering the 2021 campaign, Hartstein was 351-291 all-time on NFL sides, returning more than $2,200 for $100 bettors. 

In addition, Hartstein has been on fire this season. In fact, he is a blistering 25-9 in his last 34 NFL picks, returning nearly $1,500 for $100 bettors. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, Hartstein has set his sights on Saints vs. Seahawks and just released his coveted MNF picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Hartstein’s picks. Now, here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Saints vs. Seahawks:

  • Seahawks vs. Saints spread: Saints -4
  • Seahawks vs. Saints over-under: 41.5 points 
  • Seahawks vs. Saints money line: Saints -210, Seahawks +175 
  • NO: Saints are 3-2 against the spread this season 
  • SEA: Under has hit in three of last four Seahawks games

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Why the Saints can cover

New Orleans has been dynamic on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Jameis Winston has 12 touchdown passes and only three interceptions, with a top-five quarterback rating (108.1) and a top-10 mark in QBR (61.3). As a team, the Saints rank in the top 10 in scoring (25.4 points per game), turnovers (five), passing touchdowns (12), rushing yards (629), and third down efficiency (43.1), with the league’s best red zone efficiency (92.9 percent). Running back Alvin Kamara remains a standout with nearly 500 total yards and four touchdowns, and the Saints face a Seahawks defense that currently ranks dead-last in total yards allowed. 

On the other side, New Orleans benefits from Seattle playing without star quarterback Russell Wilson, and the Saints are a top-five group in scoring defense (18.2 points allowed per game) and turnover creation (10 in five games). The Saints also lead the NFL in red zone efficiency allowed, keeping opponents out of the end zone more than 60 percent of the time, and New Orleans is the NFL’s best team in allowing 3.3 yards per carry on the ground.

Why the Seahawks can cover

Seattle’s struggles have been evident, but a deeper look does paint an optimistic picture. The Seahawks are elite in ball security, leading the NFL by turning the ball over only four times. Seattle’s wide receiver duo of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf should be able to help backup quarterback Geno Smith, and the Seahawks are scoring a touchdown on a whopping 75 percent of their red zone trips. On the ground, injuries have marred the situation for Seattle, but no matter which running back has the ball, the Seahawks have managed to be above-average in putting up 4.6 yards per carry. 

Defensively, Bobby Wagner is the centerpiece, ranking No. 2 in the NFL in solo tackles (40) and tied for the NFL lead with 72 total tackles. Seattle may also benefit from the Saints regressing offensively. New Orleans ranks in the bottom five in total offense, passing offense and first downs this season, with unsustainable scoring efficiency metrics that could fall back to Earth.

How to make Saints vs. Seahawks picks

Hartstein has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he’s leaning under the total, he has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

So who wins Saints vs. Seahawks on Monday Night Football? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Hartstein’s Saints vs. Seahawks picks, all from the NFL expert who is 25-9 on NFL picks, and find out.

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