Game Weak 2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints – Prediction, Preview, and Odds

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints

In Week 2 of the NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints will meet at Caesars Superdome for a matchup between the NFC South divisional foes. Tom Brady completed 18 of 27 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown with an interception as the Buccaneers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 19-3 on the road to go to 1-0. Jameis Winston completed 23 of 34 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27-26 on the road to improve to 1-0 on the season. The first ball will be kicked off at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Where and How to Look Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints

Date: September 18th, Sunday

Time of keek of :  1:00 ET

Place: New Orleans, Louisiana’s Caesars Superdome

How do you watch Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints

TV: FOX

Online streaming: Paramount+ (It’s free to try), FuboTV  (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)Paramount+, an online streaming service, Gets a free trial. There may be some geographical constraints.)

Regular-Season Lenny

Running back Leonard Fournette has been a bright spot for what is otherwise a very strong offensive unit for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will be intriguing to observe the extent to which his hamstring issue, which curtailed his practice time this week, affects his performance. He had 21 carries for 127 yards (6.05 ypc) and caught both targets thrown his way for 10 yards (five ypc each), but he did not score in his season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. It would be a huge boost for the aging and battered Tampa Bay offense if he could figure out how to find the end zone for a team that settled for a lot of field goals in Week 1.

Before the game of Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowed only three points on 244 total yards of offense, making their defense look outstanding (173 passing, 71 rushings). The Cowboys were outscored 3-15 on third down and 2-5 on fourth down as their defense came up huge. The secondary dominated the game from start to finish, allowing only 3.8 yards per pass attempt and a 50% completion rate with one interception to Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush combined. Given that they were the only team in the league who did not allow a score, this should be a very exciting game to watch.

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Jarvis Landry, a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, is an explosive addition to the team’s wide receiver depth chart. Against the Atlanta Falcons, he got off to a strong start, catching seven of nine targets for 114 yards (16.3 yards per reception) but coming up empty. Landry, Michael Thomas, and youngster Chris Olave are a formidable trio at wideout for this team. It would bode well for the Saints’ 2-0 start if he could maintain his role as a steady veteran presence in the offense.

The New Orleans Saints defense had a rough start to the season, allowing 26 points and 416 total yards of offense to the Atlanta Falcons (215 passing, 201 rushings). There is a serious lack of strength in the run defense, as Atlanta averaged 5.3 yards per carrying on the ground and scored twice on the ground. With only two tackles for loss and no sacks, they need to figure out how to apply pressure up front. And much like the offense, the defense has a lot more talent than they displayed in Week 1. They need to demonstrate it now.

Major Tendencies of Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints

Despite suffering an ATS loss, New Orleans has gone 8-2 against the spread in their previous ten games.

Against the spread, New Orleans has a 35-17 record in their last 52 games as an underdog.

The Buccaneers have a 2-7 ATS record in their previous nine games after a victory by 14 or more points.

When Tampa Bay has run for 150+ yards in their previous game, they have gone 2-7 ATS in their last nine contests.

Rating:

It’s been a rough year for the offensive line for Tampa Bay, and now Donovan Smith and Tristan Wirfs are questionable for the game. Some of their skill position players, like wideouts Julio Jones and Chris Godwin and running back Leonard Fournette, are also uncertain. They’ve found out how to put pressure on Tom Brady, and the combination of Jameis Winston and the Saints defense should keep it tight. The Saints struggled on the road against the Falcons, but Tampa’s defense is solid, and the Buccaneers faced a depleted Cowboys squad in Week 1. Bet on the Saints collecting the 2.5 points at home against the Buccaneers, who are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against the Saints.

Bet the points on the Saints to win.

This week’s pick: New Orleans Saints +2.5

Rating:

Even though Saints runner Alvin Kamara has been dealing with a rib injury, I expect him to be able to play a key role in the offense. Taysom Hill has contributed to the Saints’ 7.9 yards per rush average by finding a place in the scheme other than as a quarterback. Since Brady throws rapid passes, the Buccaneers should have no trouble reaching their indicated total of 20 points. When Michael Thomas returns to full health and his wide receiver position, the Saints should be able to keep moving the chains like it’s 2020. Four out of the last five meetings between these clubs in New Orleans have had the total go Over.

Bet ON THE GAME TO HAVE OVER 44.5 POINTS.

Over 44.5, according to our forecast.

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