Saints vs. Cardinals Best Bets for Thursday Night Football (Sharps Backing New Orleans Despite Major Injuries)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) hands off to Alvin Kamara in their 30-26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) hands off to Alvin Kamara in their 30-26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6. / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Two hobbling 2-4 squads make their way to Glendale, Arz. for an NFC South vs. NFC West matchup on Thursday Night Football.

The New Orleans Saints will be without several key skill position players, including Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry, and corner Marshon Lattimore. Wide receiver Chris Olave remains questionable coming out of concussion protocol, but he could potentially be out as well.

Meanwhile, for Arizona, they'll be without their top receiver in Hollywood Brown, but get back DeAndre Hopkins from his six-game suspension. However, they'll still likely miss running backs James Conner and Darrel Williams, and left guard Justin Pugh is reported to miss the rest of the season.

It's a full on MASH unit in prime time, so who's got just enough of a roster to deliver a win to start Week 7?

Here are our favorite betting picks, props, and anytime touchdown scorer bets for Thursday Night Football in Week 7. For even more content and coverage, check out BetSided's analysis of Saints vs. Cardinals in our updated betting prediction, top prop bets, and more!

Saints vs. Cardinals Thursday Night Football Prediction and Pick

  • Saints +2.5 (-107)

With both teams missing so many notable names, I'm leaning on the Saints despite multiple trends suggesting to play the short home dog on Thursday night in a projected low-scoring game.

This Cardinals' squad looks lifeless and empty of much hope. Matter of fact, this is supposed to be the time of year they're beating up on everyone before collapsing in the second half. After all, that's been Kliff Kingsbury's issue going all the way to his time at Texas Tech.

Even with Andy Dalton, the Saints now have some sort of identity offensively. They've now scored an average of 27.5 points in the last two games he's started, and dropped 26 on a very stout Cincinnati Bengals defense last week at home with several guys out.

Arizona had been outscored 0-38 in the first quarter the first five weeks of the season. After finally scoring their first points vs. Seattle in Week 6, they're now 3-41 in the first. They continue to fall behind and more often than not, it tends to be too late.

Kyler Murray is just 6-16 against the spread (ATS) as a favorite in his career, while Kingsbury is 10-17 ATS at home. Expect a Saints cover and plenty of "boo birds" to fly with the Cardinals. - Ben Heisler

Saints vs. Cardinals Best Prop Bet

  • Kyler Murray OVER 243.5 Passing Yards

With the Cardinals now down to their third string running back, possibly even their fourth with Eno Benjamin missing practice this week, there's a whole lot on Kyler Murray’s shoulders this week with a quick turnaround.

Even with the added amount on his plate, the reason I like this prop is because of the volume Murray will have in passing opportunities. He's averaging 42 passes per game, clearing this line four times this year while also averaging more yards than this per game.

With his favorite target back, trust Murray to go over a number that has fallen to a good spot.. -- Donnavan Smoot

Saints vs. Cardinals Best Anytime Touchdown Scorer

  • Alvin Kamara +115

The Saints' offense has started to roll the last few weeks and Kamara has been a key reason for their success despite not getting into the end zone.

The 27-year old back has 202 rushing yards over his last two games, while also hauling in 12 receptions for 116 yards. Via @TheTDHunter, of Kamara's 54 touches the past two games, nine of which came in the red zone.

The Cardinals ranks 17th in the NFL in rushing touchdowns allowed this year, so if New Orleans enters the red zone, he should finally break his dry spell this week. - Ben Heisler

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