New Orleans Saints (5-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 8:20 pm (Raymond James Stadium)
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet in week 9 NFL NFC South action for Sunday Night Football at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay in a rematch of a week 1 game.
The New Orleans Saints look for a fifth straight victory to keep pace in the NFC South race. The New Orleans Saints have won nine of their last 10 road games. Drew Brees is completing 73.1 percent of his passes for 1,898 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Brees has two or more touchdown passes in 12 of his last 16 games. Alvin Kamara and Emmanuel Sanders have combined for 860 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Tre’Quan Smith has 25 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 119.3 yards per contest, and Kamara leads the way with 431 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 28.1 points and 328.4 yards per game. Demario Davis leads the New Orleans Saints with 42 tackles, Trey Hendrickson has 5.5 sacks and Marcus Williams has one interception.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look for a fourth straight victory to build on their division lead. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won five of their last eight home games. Tom Brady is completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 2,189 yards, 20 touchdowns and four interceptions. Brady has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games. Scotty Miller and Mike Evans have combined for 773 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Rob Gronkowski has 26 receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 102.6 yards per contest, and Ronald Jones II leads the way with 529 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 20.6 points and 299.5 yards per game. Devin White leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 68 tackles, Jason Pierre-Paul has 6.5 sacks and Carlton Davis has four interceptions.
The Saints are 28-10 ATS in their last 38 road games, 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games as an underdog and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Buccaneers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. NFC, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC South and 2-7-2 ATS in their last 11 home games. The over is 5-0 in Saints last 5 road games. The over is 17-5 in Buccaneers last 22 games overall. The Saints are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
The New Orleans Saints aren't as good as they've been in past years and they're just 2-5 against the spread, but they're also still finding ways to win and have an offense that's still fairly productive. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the better team here overall, but they're playing on a short week and didn't look great against the Giants. The Saints beat the Buccaneers in the season opener and we're not used to getting the Saints in the underdog role often with a healthy Brees, especially at these numbers. Speaking of underdogs, the Saints have covered eight of their last nine games as an underdog. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be favored, but I'm not leaving this many points on the table with the Saints.
Give me the points in what should be a fun NFC South showdown.