The best USA sportsbooks favor the Bucs over the Saints by almost a field goal when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints play in an NFC South division game in week 2 of NFL action at the Caesars Superdome on Sunday afternoon. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) are just 1-7 outright and against the spread in their last eight games versus the New Orleans Saints. The Bucs will try to buck that trend against their NFC South division rivals with a win on Sunday in New Orleans.
The Buccaneers vs Saints odds have remained steady at the best online sportsbooks since Tampa Bay opened as a three-point road favorite. The total has seen considerable movement down to 44 points after opening at 47.5 points. The OVER is 4-1 in Tampa Bay’s last five games on the road against New Orleans.
Buccaneers vs. Saints NFL Week 2 Odds by BetOnline
|Buccaneers||-2½ ( -110 )||44 ( -110 )|
|Saints||+2½ ( -110 )||44 ( -110 )||+120|
Betting Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on their season-opener, beat Dallas 19-3 on Sunday Night Football. Tom Brady passed for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 66.7% completion. Leonard Fournette on the ground had 127 rushing yards. Mike Evans had a team-best five catches for 71 yards and one touchdown. Julio Jones had 69 receiving yards. On defense, Devin White had eight total tackles including seven solo tackles and a couple of sacks. Antoine Winfield Jr. had an interception.
The Bucs opened the season with a 19-3 road win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Tampa Bay’s defense dominated. They held the Cowboys to just three points and 244 total yards. Leonard Fournette had 127 rushing yards on 21 carries.
Tom Brady passed 18-for-27 with 212 passing yards, a touchdown pass and an interception. This was not top Brady, but enough to help Tampa Bay to improve to 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS in their past 10 regular-season games, according to the best USA sportsbooks.
Wide receiver Chris Godwin left the game at halftime with an injured hamstring injury. He is expected to miss the game against the Saints. Russell Gage and Julio Jones could see more snaps in Godwin’s absence.
Tom Brady has gone 0-4 SU in four regular-season games versus the Saints since he joined the Buccaneers. He has six TD passes and eight picks in those four losses. If Tampa Bay is going to snap out of this, Brady will have to decipher this New Orleans defense.
Betting New Orleans Saints
The Holy Ones came from behind to win their season opener against Atlanta. Jameis Winston passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns on 67.6% completion rate. Taysom Hill had 81 rushing yards and a TD. Jarvis Landry had seven grabs for 114 yards. Michael Thomas had five catches for 57 yards and a pair of TDs.
The Saints headed into the fourth quarter of their Week 1 game versus the Atlanta Falcons losing by 13 points. A Falcons field goal with less than 13 minutes remaining in the game prolonged Atlanta’s lead to 16 points. However, two drives that ended in Michael Thomas touchdown catches and a game-winning field goal with 19 seconds remaining on the clock, meant that New Orleans pulled off the rally to win the game 27-26.
The Saints did not cover the spread as 5.5-point road faves at the best USA sportsbooks, but they did move to 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS in their last six games. Although it was Thomas who grabbed the headlines for his two touchdown receptions, seasoned wideout Jarvis Landry was Jameis Winston’s top target receiver on Sunday with nine targets. Landry hauled in seven of those passes for 114 receiving yards.
New Orleans fought back last week against the Falcons, but Tampa Bay’s defense isn’t going to fall apart down the stretch like Atlanta’s. To get off to a strong start at home and to get the crowd involved in the game early could go a long way to picking up the W.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
We will concede that both teams have stuff they have to adjust entering into this week. Tampa Bay’s offensive line took another hit and the Bucs’ offense lacked against Dallas, while NOLA Tampa Bay needed to be more ruthless and not allow lowly Atlanta get the best of them only to coming back later on.
The Saints have been the bane of Tom Brady’s existence since signing with Tampa Bay, but we think the Bucs are the superior team and only laying a field goal with Brady is too good to pass on. Take the Bucs.