Earlier this week, the line for the New Orleans Saints-Denver Broncos game was sitting at Saints -6.5. At first glance, this seemed like an acceptable line for a Saints’ team, who has Taysom Hill making his second start at quarterback and should be able to make life difficult for Denver Broncos second-year quarterback Drew Lock.
However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Saturday that all Denver Broncos quarterbacks were ineligible game for Sunday’s game as they were deemed high-risk, close contacts. On Thursday, it was reported that backup quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 and that none of the other quarterbacks were wearing masks.
At the time, no one knew who the Broncos’ starting quarterback would be, which plays a major role on the sports books. The Broncos will reportedly name practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton the starting quarterback and not Royce Freeman, who was the team’s emergency QB, per Ben Allbright. Unlike Freeman, Hinton does have some experience playing quarterback at Wake Forest for three seasons.
With that news starting to leak, it did not come as a surprise to see the line jump to Saints -14.5 at Circa Sports. Circa Sports also has the point total for this contest set at 37, which makes a lot of sense due to the Broncos having none of their quarterbacks available for Sunday.
That being said, if the other sports books stick with the Saints as -14.5-point favorites and O/U 37, should you possibly take one of these numbers? Yes, despite the Broncos’ not having a quality quarterback option, the Saints should be able to put up some points on Denver’s defense. It is very an uneasy feeling to put a bet on this game because we’ve never seen circumstances like this before play out.