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Offense Hard To Come By When Bucs, Saints Clash

You would expect points galore when the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers clash, as neither secondary exactly inspires confidence, but it’s been the exact opposite. The UNDER has gone 13-3 in the past 16 games between the Bucs and the Saints, which includes their meeting earlier this season when they combined for 27 points.

SHARK BITES
  • The Saints are 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20 games as favorite.
  • The Saints are 9-2 SU and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games at home after consecutive road games.
  • The Buccaneers are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games against the Saints.

Tampa Bay has been red-hot of late, with Jameis Winston and company going 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in their past six. The defense has been carrying the Bucs during their recent winning ways, as they have held opponents to an average of 15 points per game since Week 9. The Bucs D was especially confounding to Drew Brees on Dec. 11, picking off the Saints quarterback three times in a 16-11 Tampa Bay win. 

Brees has been wildly inconsistent, as he has thrown for four touchdowns and no picks in two of his past four games while throwing for no touchdowns and three interceptions in the other two. New Orleans went off last week against the Cardinals, scoring 40-plus points for the fourth time this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at Bovada had the New Orleans Saints as -3.5-point favorites in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 52.5.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game picked a potential 27-22 result in favor of the Saints. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

New Orleans battles the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, currently with a 8-6 mark (9-5 ATS). The over under records, important for totals betting, are 7-7 for the Saints and 6-7-1 for the Buccaneers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Orleans vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the New Orleans Saints rated this week at No. 4 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sitting at No. 12.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New Orleans Saints No. 2-ranked offense (29 PPG) against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that ranks No. 17 at 23 PPG. The Saints passing attack has averaged 317 yards per game, more than the Buccaneers give up through the air (251.07 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers feature the league's No. 14-rated road run defense, allowing 106.2 yards per game. The New Orleans Saints, meanwhile, ranks No. 16 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Buccaneers grabbed a Week 14 victory over the Saints in their last game, winning 16-11 at Raymond James Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • New Orleans is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of New Orleans's last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to Carolina, Sunday, January 1st
New Orleans at Atlanta, Sunday, January 1st

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