The New Orleans Saints (0-2) will be going for their first victory of the season at home against the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) as three-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark in a key NFC South matchup Monday night.
The Saints have covered the spread in their last five divisional games and hope to continue that trend in beating the Falcons for the 16th time in 21 meetings dating back to 2006.
The first of those 15 wins in the past 20 games between them for New Orleans took place one year after Hurricane Katrina stormed the city, making this the 10th anniversary of the team’s return to the Superdome.
While that moment will be remembered by most in attendance and others watching on television, many Americans will be tuning in to something more important to the future of their country Monday.
Going head-to-head with the NFL in prime time will be the first presidential debate featuring Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in what is expected to be a fierce battle between the Democratic and Republican nominees for the White House.
Behind Clinton, the Democrats remain solid -215 favorites (bet $215 to win $100) to win the election on November 8 over the Republicans, who are +175 underdogs (bet $100 to win $175).
But the debate is also a massive -2000 favorite at the sportsbooks to have a higher Nielsen rating than the Monday night NFL game, showing how oddsmakers view the two simultaneous events from a betting perspective.
They have even gone so far as to set lines on props for what color Trump’s tie will be (red is the -200 favorite) along with Clinton’s jacket (blue is -175 chalk). An even bigger favorite is Trump calling Clinton a liar on national television at a price of -300.
So while Atlanta tries to drop the Saints to 0-3 in New Orleans, Trump and Clinton will each be looking to pick up a big victory in the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Clinton still leads Trump in the national polls, but the preseason for both presidential hopefuls is over with the real action set to kick off.
All odds courtesy of Odds Shark.