The New Orleans Saints have a 3-1 spread record in their last four games, with the ‘under’ also going 3-1.  Sean Payton’s squad returns from its bye week to host Sunday’s battle against the Seattle Seahawks.

Sportsbooks opened New Orleans as a 12 ½-point home favorite in the NFL betting odds, with Seahawks action dropping the margin to 11 ½ on some boards.  Betting shops first posted the ‘total’ at 42 ½, with action on the ‘over’ quickly moving the number to as high as 44 ½.

The Saints picked up their second straight win two weeks ago, with a 34-3 triumph as 5 ½-point road favorites against the Seattle Seahawks. New Orleans’ offense controlled the ball for 35 minutes, moving the chains for 27 first downs.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 27-of-43 passes for 253 yards.  The three-time Pro Bowl selection found mates Jimmy Graham and Jeremy Shockey for touchdown strikes.

New Orleans’ Julius Jones rushed for a season-high 68 yards on six carries.  The Notre Dame alum’s 54-yard dash on his team’s first drive was shortly followed by Brees’ sole interception of the game.

The Saints’ defense logged four sacks en route to allowing a stingy 195 yards.  Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis recorded his fourth sack of the year, ending a stretch of four games without one.

The lopsided affair’s combined 37 points ducked ‘under’ the ‘total’ of 40.  New Orleans reached the end zone on 3-of-6 journeys inside the 20-yard line, while denying Carolina a touchdown on all three of its red zone trips.

The Saints are 2-3 ATS in their first five home dates, with the ‘over’ also going 2-3.  Brees and Co. have been held to 18.2 PPG in that stretch.

Seattle notched its highest scoring of the year in last Sunday’s 36-18 victory as a 3 ½-point road dog against the Arizona Cardinals.  Pete Carroll’s crew logged 490 yards in its 35 minutes of possession.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw for 333 yards, connecting on 22-of-34 passes.  The 13-year veteran suffered a hand injury during the game, but is listed by DonBest.com as “probable” to play against New Orleans.

New Orleans SaintsHasselbeck’s favorite target Mike Williams notched 11 catches for a season-high 145 yards.  The Florida native failed to reach the end zone for a third straight game.

Seattle’s rushing duo of Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch united for 93 yards on 22 carries.  Both running backs logged a touchdown inside the five-yard line, while the Seahawks went 0-for-6 in their remaining red zone trips.

The divisional duel’s combined 54 points soared above the ‘total’ of 41, extending the ‘over’ to 2-0 in Seattle’s last two games.

The Seahawks’ win improved Hasselbeck and Co. to 2-3 ATS in its first five road games, with the ‘over’ going to 3-2.

Seattle is 3-1 ATS in its last three meetings against New Orleans, with the ‘under’ also 3-1.

The Saints won the most recent battle between the foes, 28-17, as a 5 ½-point road dog in a 2007 trip to the northwest.  Brees threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns, while Hasselbeck was sacked five times.

Sunday’s kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. (ET), with FOX providing television coverage in some markets.

New Orleans will have a short rest before traveling to meet the Dallas Cowboys as part of the league’s Thanksgiving slate.  Seattle resumes action next Sunday at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.