Buccaneers vs Saints Betting Preview: Tom Brady looks to help Buccaneers snap skid against rival Saints. The Saints seem to have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers number and not even the arrival of Tom Brady has stopped Tampa Bay’s struggles to beat their division rivals during the regular season.
Tampa Bay’s defense looked rather imposing in the season opener while the Saints have some work to do on that side of the ball. That is a major reason why the Buccaneers vs Saints betting preview has visiting Tampa Bay as the favorite.
Whenever former Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston faces his old team it is newsworthy and he will look to give the Saints the early edge in the NFC South race.
What are the NFL point spreads? Tampa Bay (+275) has the best odds to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl while New Orleans comes in seventh at +1600.
The Buccaneers (+750) are tied for the second-best odds to win the Super Bowl. New Orleans is 15th at +3300.
Buccaneers vs Saints Game Information
- Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints
- Location: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans
- Date/Time: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
- TV: FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The story in the season-opening win for Tampa Bay was the defense. Linebacker Devin White led the way with eight tackles and two sacks as Tampa Bay held a Dallas team that led the NFL in total offense in 2021, to 244 yards of offense and one field goal.
Mike Evans had the game’s only touchdown on a 5-yard scoring grab late in the third quarter.
Tom Brady is not accustomed to losing four straight regular season games to a team, that being said, the Buccaneers are 0-4 during the 2020 and 2021 regular seasons. Tampa Bay did win 30-20 in the postseason in 2020 en route to the Super Bowl title. He will be determined to lead Tampa Bay to victory on Sunday and that is why the Buccaneers vs Saints betting preview shows the visiting team as the favorite.
Leonard Fournette had 127 rushing yards, his most in a game since he ran for 131 yards against Cincinnati in 2019 when he was still with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
New Orleans Saints
There are some injury concerns with running back Alvin Kamara and receiver Tre’Quan Smith among the players who are dealing with some ailments. That could play a role in the home team being listed as the underdog in the Buccaneers vs Saints betting preview.
New Orleans enters the game with division favorite Tampa Bay coming off an improbable season-opening win.
The Saints trailed the Atlanta Falcons by 16 points in the fourth quarter. Jameis Winston had a pair of touchdown passes to Michael Thomas and a two-point conversion pass to rookie Chris Olave. Then Wil Lutz won the game with a 51-yard field goal to give the 1-0 NFL Saints record.
The four sacks allowed are a concern. It will also be interesting to see how the rushing attempts as split up. Taysom Hill led the Saints with 81 yards on four carries while Mark Ingram could see a larger role if Alvin Kamara can’t go or is limited.
Jarvis Landry led the Saints with seven catches and 114 receiving yards while second-year linebacker Pete Werner had 13 tackles.
Buccaneers vs Saints Injury Update
When looking at the NFL injury report, the biggest news is Tampa Bay receiver Chris Godwin being out indefinitely due to a hamstring injury. Also for Tampa, offensive linemen Nick Leverett (shoulder) and Donovan Smith (elbow), and defensive back player Zyon McCollum (hamstring) are questionable.
For New Orleans, cornerback Paulson Adebo (ankle), running backs Alvin Kamara (ribs) and Dwayne Washington (hamstring) and receiver Tre’Quan Smith (groin) are questionable. Offensive lineman Trevor Penning (foot) and defensive lineman Malcolm Roach (foot) are out indefinitely.
Buccaneers vs Saints Head to Head
New Orleans has won seven of the last eight meetings with Tampa Bay and that includes a sweep of the season series in 2021. New Orleans won 36-27 as a four-point underdog at home on Oct. 31, 2021, and took the rematch on Dec. 19 by a 9-0 score as an 11.5-point underdog.
In the first meeting in 2021, the Saints took the lead on a Brian Johnson field goal with 1:41 left and P.J. Williams returned an interception 40 yards for a score just 17 seconds later.
Tampa Bay had nearly 100 more yards in total offense in the rematch, but couldn’t get in the end zone.
Each of the last six games between the division rivals has been decided by at least nine points.
Buccaneers vs Saints Betting Analysis
New Orleans has won the last seven games in the regular season against the Buccaneers. The Saints have been the underdogs in the last three matchups during the regular season. The NFL point spreads list the Saints as a three-point underdog in this one.
New Orleans allowed more than 400 yards of offense to Atlanta so what will it look like against the Buccaneers?
Tampa Bay has covered in just one of the last eight games against the Saints while four of the last five times that Tampa Bay played at New Orleans, the total went over.
The total has gone under in six of New Orleans’ last eight games as well as in four of the last five home contests.Follow us on Twitter