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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints Preview 12/16/2012

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints meet at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Oddsmakers currently have the Saints listed as 4½-point favorites versus the Buccaneers, while the game's total is sitting at 54.
In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 23-21 loser at home against the Eagles. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (44) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.
Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 52-27 loser as they battled the Giants on the road. The Saints failed to cover in the match as a 4-point underdog, while 79 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

CURRENT STREAK:
Tampa Bay has lost 3 straight games.
New Orleans has lost 3 straight games.

TEAM RECORDS:
Tampa Bay: 6-7 SU, 8-4-1 ATS
New Orleans: 5-8 SU, 6-7 ATS
TAMPA BAY MOST RECENTLY:
When playing in December are 2-8
When playing on turf are 4-6
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing within the division are 4-6

NEW ORLEANS MOST RECENTLY:
When playing in December are 7-3
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the division are 7-3


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games
Tampa Bay is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New Orleans's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
New Orleans is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Orleans's last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 13 of New Orleans's last 18 games

NEXT UP:
Tampa Bay home to St. Louis, Sunday, December 23
New Orleans at Dallas, Sunday, December 23