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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints Pick & Prediction OCT 31TH 2021

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: FOX
Logo Tampa Bay Buccaneers
VS
Logo New Orleans Saints
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OPENNER
51.5

-4 -110
CURRENT
50o -110

-200
MONEYLINE
+170

27
SCORE
36

It’s an NFC South showdown between the Buccaneers and the Saints. One of the best rivalries continues this weekend. Only Drew Brees will be missing. Instead, Tom Brady will be facing off against Jameis Winston on Sunday afternoon. The Buccaneers, fresh off a dominating win over the Chicago Bears, look to increase their win streak to 5 games.

The New Orleans Saints are coming off a couple of wins of their own. After two wins over Washington and Seattle, the Saints host the Buccaneers. This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season. The Saints are following closely behind the Buccaneers in the NFC South, so a huge win here would be.

Buccaneers vs. Saints Betting Odds

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Buccaneers (-240) vs. Saints (+200)

SPREAD: Buccaneers -5 (-115) vs. Saints +5 (-105)

GAME TOTAL: Over 50 (-110) vs. Under 50 (-110)

Buccaneers at Saints Preview, Stats and Trends

Tampa Bay is emerging as a front-runner for the NFC Championship. As the reigning Super Bowl Champions, they’re looking as if a repeat is in the works. The offense looks incredible, and the defense is right there to back them up. Considering they aren’t facing Drew Brees, it’ll make the defense’s job much easier on Sunday.

One thing they’ll still have to focus on is slowing down Alvin Kamara. Kamara is a speedy back that also doubles as an incredible receiver. Covering the spread on the road is also something the Buccaneers struggle with. In three road games, the Buccaneers have gone 0-3 against the spread.

It’s a tall task to ask of the Saints when they take on the Buccaneers. Tampa is one of the better offenses in the league, and the Saints struggled against good offenses. They narrowly beat the Seahawks, who don’t have Russell Wilson. On Sunday, they’ll need to find a way to get to Tom Brady early and often. If they leave him too much time, he’ll pick apart the defense.

On the offensive side of the ball, they need to do better at sustaining drives. If this means relying more on Alvin Kamara, so be it. The receivers have essentially become a non-factor. Their leading receiver has just 254 yards. If they don’t get up the offensive output, the Buccaneers will run away with this one.

Buccaneers at Saints Best Bets for Week 8

Buccaneers 30 - Saints 17

Tampa Bay is in a much better position to win this one and, more importantly, cover the spread. There hasn’t been a team near the caliber of the Buccaneers on the Saints schedule yet. Along with that, their offense has been one of the most lackluster in the NFL. With an offense that averages just 23.33 points per game, you can’t win big games.

On the other hand, Tampa Bay averages 33.29 points per game, and the defense allows just 21. With the two working in perfect harmony right now, the Buccaneers are the best bet here. The great news is they only have to cover 5.5 points. Take the road team to win this one and cover the spread.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Tampa Bay defense only allows 67.43 points per game.

2. Rob Gronkowski could be returning to the Tampa Bay lineup on Sunday.

3. The Buccaneers are 2-1 ATS in their last three games.

Best Bet: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -5.5

PREDICTION
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
26
22
New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints Recap JAN 17TH 2021

Alvin Kamara scored two touchdowns as the host New Orleans Saints defeated Tampa Bay 34-23 on Sunday, spoiling Tom Brady's debut with the Buccaneers.

Kamara, who agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract extension Thursday, caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees and ran 6 yards for another score. Brees, who passed Brett Favre for the NFL career lead in pass attempts, finished 18 of 30 for 160 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Brady, who spent 20 seasons in New England and won six Super Bowls before signing with Tampa Bay in the offseason, completed 23 of 36 for 239 yards and two touchdowns, but threw two interceptions that led to 14 Saints points.

New Orleans led 17-7 at halftime and was on defense to open the third quarter when, on the sixth play of the drive, Janoris Jenkins intercepted Brady and returned 36 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 24-7.

Brady bounced back on the next possession, throwing a 9-yard touchdown pass to O.J. Howard to get the Buccaneers within 24-14. Ryan Succop's 38-yard field goal cut the lead to 24-17 at the end three quarters.

After gaining just 4 yards in the third quarter, New Orleans finally found some offense early the fourth. Brees threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders to push the lead to 31-17 with 11:38 remaining.

The Saints recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Wil Lutz's 21-yard field goal increased the lead to 34-17 with 8:01 left.

Brady threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans with 2:41 left.

The game was played inside a nearly silent Superdome as fans were not allowed to attend the game because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brady's first possession as a Buccaneer ended with his sneaking 2 yards for a touchdown to complete an 85-yard drive and give his team a 7-0 lead that held up through the first quarter.

Kamara's touchdown catch tied the score at 7. On the ensuing possession, Marcus Williams intercepted Brady, leading to Kamara's touchdown run and a 14-7 Saints lead.

Brady moved Tampa Bay into scoring position late in the second quarter, but Succop's 54-yard field attempt was blocked by Margus Hunt.

Brees then drove New Orleans to Lutz's 29-yard field goal and a 17-7 halftime lead.

--Field Level Media

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