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In this Aug. 8, 2019 photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco hands off to running back Royce Freeman during the first half of the team's NFL football preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle.
In this Aug. 8, 2019 photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco hands off to running back Royce Freeman during the first half of the team's NFL football preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle.|Elaine Thompson | Associated Press
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Monday Night Football: Mims looks at Texans vs Saints and Raiders vs Broncos

Robert Mims

Robert Mims

The Texans and Saints lead off the action. Here are the things to look at:

The Saints are favored by 6.5 and the over/under total is 52.5 on FanDuel.

New Orleans has 5 consecutive season opening losses.

The money line is Saints +280 and Texans +235.

A lean toward the Saints is what I see here. Saints appear to be evenly balanced on both sides of the ball. I took a glance at the prop action on Drew Brees. His passing yardage is listed at 285.5. There is value in the under at -118. There is not enough of a sample size between the team to quote the last 4 meetings. Those numbers are a better indicator when the teams are in the same division or conference.

The Raiders and Broncos play the late game of the opening night of MNF. Here are the key numbers:

Denver is -2.

The total for the under/over is 43.

They are 2-2 straight up in their last 4 meetings.

The money line is Denver -132 and Raiders + 116.

Oakland appears to be reeling before the season starts. Antonio Brown was waived and signed a 1-year deal with the Patriots. His antics will have a residual effect on the team. Denver will put pressure on Derrick Carr and make points a premium. Joe Flacco is on his last stand. This game has the feel of an under.

Since we have two games, I will do something extra. A teaser of 6 points that combines the Saints and the under in the Raiders game. That would have the Saints favored by .5 and the total of 49 for Oakland/Denver. Teasers are not my twist. If they are part of what you like to wager on, a $25 play will win 19.23.

I have Green Bay on TNF. Tell me who you are going with tonight on Twitter. Use the #GTLivechat when you follow me and I will add you to the conversation.

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