New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 243 ViewsOn 09/09/2013 04:37 PM in NFL
The schedule in week two of the NFL features some great divisional matchups to include the NFC South throw down this weekend that centers on the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a miserable performance in week one, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are already under the microscope and under some huge pressure to win this game in week two.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the road team as a favorite. The Saints were tabbed as (-3) point favorites but that number disappeared in a heartbeat. Now the latest line is (-3.5) at almost every top rated sportsbook. The Buccaneers lackluster effort in game one is the main reason that 95 percent of the betting public is one the Saints.
The Buccaneers need this win. In fact they are one of the few teams that is in a must win situation in week two. The Buccaneers were expected to go into the game against the New York Jets and escape with a win and instead they lost on a last second gaffe.
The focus will be on the last minute foolish penalty that put the Jets in field goal range, but the Buccaneers had 13 penalties and another lack luster effort from an offense that is loaded with weapons. They will need to put points up on the board against the high flying Saints which means that it is time for Josh Freeman to stand up and play quarterback.
The Saints welcomed Sean Payton back to the sidelines and the result was a very important win against their rival. Now they have to keep that momentum as they head to the road against the desperate Buccaneers.
The sports betting trends for this game may surprise you. The total has gone under in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay which could be an indication that the Bucs defense does well against Brees. However Tampa Bay is 2-4 straight up in its last 6 games when playing New Orleans and 1-5-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last 7 games. New Orleans is 3-6 straight up in its last 9 games on the road which is a good indication that this could be a very close game.
The Saints and the Buccaneers always play a good game, but this one is more important for the Buccaneers.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.