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The New Orleans Saints are eager to concentrate on football. The off-season has been a disaster due to bounty-gate which ultimately cost the team coaches and players in suspensions handed down from the league. With all that has gone on, the Saints just want to play football.

That is why the team is so excited to host the Washington Redskins in New Orleans for the season opener. But the Redskins have plenty of reasons to be excited for the season to start, especially at quarterback where the team will debut rookie Robert Griffin III under center.

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RG3 Will Struggle Against the Saints

RG3 Will Struggle Against the Saints

Robert Griffin III aka RGIII has plenty of talent and will undoubtedly impress in his first season, but don’t look for it in game one. The young gun will be mistake prone and will try to force the ball into tight zones, leading to turnovers.

The Saints have made a habit of starting quick and covering the spread early in the season. The Saints are 8-3 against the spread (ATS) in their last 11 games in September and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in Week 1.

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They also love being in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and have no problem covering the number as they are 12-1 ATS in their last 13 home games. Finally this team will use their speed to get the edge on the Redskins as the Saints are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games on turf.

The Saints just have too many mismatches for the Redskins to overcome.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan will attempt to establish the run to take the pressure off the rookie gunslinger. The Redskins have plenty of talent at the running back position but will not be able to pierce the front line of the Saints defense.[poll id="35"]

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo knows how to get a defense ready for game day and that will spell big problems for the Redskins. Second-year defensive end Cam Jordan will be an everyday player that will create havoc on defense.

The Redskins will be a very good team in the future, but right now they just don’t have the horses to match up with the Saints. It is just asking too much of RG3 to have a mistake-free road game in first game of his pro career.

Washington Redskins vs New Orleans Saints Pick: Saints -9

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