Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5) at New Orleans Saints (5-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: New Orleans Saints -7 -- Over/Under: 50 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Bucs head into the Big Easy on Sunday looking to pull off the upset in an NFC South matchup with the New Orleans Saints in a game that has huge playoff implications.
The Bucs look to stay in the hunt for a division crown as they take to the road to face off against the high flying Saints who are looking very dangerous at the moment on both sides of the ball and at the moment they are favoured over Tampa by a touchdown showing just how much the books fear the Saints right now, especially at home. The Bucs will look to exploit New Orleans' still suspect passing defense and Mike Evans and company are due for a big game on the stats sheet as they are likely to be playing from behind and will be forced to abandon the run early and get Jameis Winston looking downfield. Tampa is more than capable of keeping this game close as they always seem to play the Saints tough and their defense often gets overlooked but they have a ton of talent led by Gerald McCoy and Noah Spence and if they can get some rushes off the edge and put pressure on Drew Brees this could be a closer game than people think.
The Saints meanwhile have beaten up on teams with a losing record and have generated some consistency of late as they seem to respond the following week after getting a victory, and with the tandem of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara leading the way on the ground and Brees, Michael Thomas, and company running things through the air this is a very dynamic group that will take something special to stop them when playing in New Orleans. The Saints need someone to step up on defense though as they are still suspect to giving up big plays and this Bucs team lives and dies by the big play as they have Evans, Desean Jackson, and rookie OJ Howard all capable of bringing that game breaking play and in this one I think we see our fair share.
The Buccaneers are 3-1-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in the last five versus the NFC South while the Saints are 6-0 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up win and 8-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record. The Bucs seem to struggle covering against divisional foes and this one figures to be another tough spot as the Saints are s different group at home and they show it again here.