New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 12/24/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6) at New Orleans Saints (6-8)
NFL Football: Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: New Orleans Saints -3 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints meet Christmas Eve afternoon in a NFC South NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look for their ninth victory of the season to remain in the NFC playoff hunt. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won four of their last five road games. Jameis Winston is completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 3,611 yards, 25 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Winston has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Mike Evans and Cameron Brate have combined for 1,807 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Adam Humphries has 44 receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 101.1 yards per contest, and Jacquizz Rodgers leads the way with 422 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 23 points and 366.8 yards per game. Kwon Alexander leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 125 tackles, Gerald McCoy Jr. has seven sacks and Brent Grimes has three interceptions.
The New Orleans Saints look for a bounce back victory after losing four of their last six games. The New Orleans Saints have lost seven of their last 11 home games. Drew Brees is completing 71.1 percent of his passes for 4,559 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Brees has three or more touchdown passes in six of his last 10 games. Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas have combined for 1,939 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Willie Snead has 67 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 106.2 yards per contest, and Mark Ingram leads the way with 850 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 28 points and 370.9 yards per game. Craig Robertson leads the New Orleans Saints with 103 tackles, Cameron Jordan has 6.5 sacks and Kenny Vaccaro has two interceptions.
The Buccaneers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Saints are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NFC South and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Buccaneers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 meetings in New Orleans and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings overall.
The Buccaneers have won two of the last three games against the Saints and the home team has won three of the last four meetings overall. Sure, the Saints are an offensive powerhouse, especially in their dome, but they just scored 11 points against this Tampa Bay defense. The Bucs should also have little trouble moving the ball against a Saints defense that's allowed 41 points to the Arizona Cardinals last week. Add in the fact the Buccaneers are still playing for a playoff spot and have been really tough on the road, I'll take my free field goal here.