New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 9/9/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 9/9/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) at New Orleans Saints (12-6)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)

The Line: New Orleans Saints -7 -- Over/Under: 52 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

TV: FOX Stream live sports and exclusive originals on ESPN+. Sign up now! Advertisement

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will tangle with the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 NFL activity on Sunday, September 9 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 

The Bucs enter this game following a 2017 in which they went 5-11 in disappointing fashion. Tampa failed to improve on the 9-7 record they posted the previous season, finishing dead last in the NFC South. 

In the preseason, the Bucs went 2-2. Tampa won their first pair of games against the Dolphins (26-24) and the Titans (30-14) before falling to the Lions (33-30) and the Jaguars (25-10). 

Get the Experts BEST BETS For Today's Games

Over on the Saints’ side, they’re fresh off a nice season in which they went 11-5. In the playoffs, New Orleans snagged a great win over their rival Panthers 31-26, but then fell in the Divisional Round to the Vikings in a heartbreaker 29-24. 

The Saints showed some muscle in the preseason, going 3-1. New Orleans took out the Jags 24-20, then fell to the Cardinals 20-15. The final two games were wins against the Chargers 36-7 and the Rams 28-0. 

The Bucs are 4-10 in their last 14 games in September and 3-8 in their last 11 games in Week 1. Tampa is 3-8 in their last 11 versus the NFC and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine road games. 

Meanwhile, the Saints are 13-5 in their last 18 versus the NFC South and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 in September. New Orleans is also 0-4 in their last four games in Week 1 and the over is 4-0 in their last four games in September. 

By all indications, the Saints are going to hit the ground running here and slam out some early wins. That’s the consensus among NFL pundits at least, and in this particular game, I agree. New Orleans has some great weapons in their arsenal, and in a home game I just can’t pick against them with guys like Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara on the roster. Grab the Saints before the line gets to double-digits, which it most certainly will.

Click Here for the Best Online US Sportsbook Risk Free Bets and Sign up Bonuses this Week April 2021

Andrew’s Pick New Orleans Saints -7

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

Mitch's Take...

Free NBA Parlay Mitch's NBA Parlay for 5/6/21 NBA Pick and Prediction