New Orleans Saints (4-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 13, 2015, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5
The New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet in a NFC South battle Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints look to snap a four-game losing streak with just their second road win. Drew Brees is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 3,482 yards, 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Brees has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead have combined for 1,516 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Benjamin Watson has 54 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 94.4 yards per contest, and Mark Ingram leads the way with 769 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 31.7 points and 425.2 yards per game. Stephone Anthony leads the Saints with 92 tackles, Cameron Jordan has eight sacks and Delvin Breaux has 15 pass deflections. Dannell Ellerbe, John Jenkins and Jahri Evans are questionable.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to get a game above .500 and remain in the playoff race. Jameis Winston is completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 2,877 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Winston has seven touchdown passes in his last two games. Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson have combined for 1,388 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Charles Sims has 30 receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 143.3 yards per contest, and Doug Martin leads the way with 1,133 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 24.8 points and 337.2 yards per game. Lavonte David leads the Buccaneers with 105 tackles, Gerald McCoy has seven sacks and Kwon Alexander has nine pass deflections. Bruce Carter, George Johnson and Gerald McCoy are questionable.
The Saints are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Buccaneers are 18-38-1 ATS in their last 57 home games and 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Saints are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
I've been fading the Saints on the road for years and that's not going to change with their swiss cheese defense they have. The Bucaneers are actually fighting for a playoff spot and have won three of their last four home games. New Orleans simply plays no defense and the Saints aren't the same team on the road as they are in that dome.
Tampa Bay should win this game rather easily.