New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off in a NFC South NFL battle on Sunday in the Super Dome. The Saints are -4.5 point favorites over the Buccaneers with an over/under point total set at 54.
The New Orleans Saints have struggled this season and at this point are left to play for nothing but pride. Drew Brees has completed 61.7 percent of his passes with 32 touchdowns and 18 interceptions while being sacked 23 times. The Saints have no shortage of options in the backfield with Mark Ingram averaging 3.8 yards per carry with three touchdowns, Chris Ivory averaging 5.4 yards per carry, and Darren Sproles averaging 5.6 yards per carry and catching 55 passes with five touchdowns. Marques Colston has 65 catches and eight touchdowns, Jimmy Graham has 64 catches and eight touchdowns, and Joe Morgan is emerging as another deep threat. Defensively the Saints are allowing 29.2 points per game, 152.4 rushing yards, and 284.5 passing yards with 10 interceptions and 25 sacks. Curtis Lofton has 110 tackles, Roman Harper has 97 tackles, and Malcolm Jenkins has 94 tackles. The Saints kickoff coverage was awful last week and that combined with turnovers were their undoing.
A few weeks back the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked to be headed towards the playoffs but now after back to back losses they are holding onto their playoff hopes by a thread. Josh Freeman has completed 54.7 percent of his passes with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions while being sacked 19 times. Doug Martin has rushed for 1.234 yards averaging 4.7 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns on the ground while catching 35 passes. Vincent Jackson has 56 catches and eight touchdowns, Mike Williams has 46 catches and seven touchdowns, and Dallas Clark has 35 catches and four touchdowns. Defensively the Buccaneers have allowed 23.7 points per game, 78.2 rushing yards, and 311.6 passing yards with 17 interceptions and 24 sacks. Lavonte David has 117 tackles, Mason Foster has 82 tackles, and Ronde Barber has 77 tackles. Tampa Bay appears to be going through the same late season fade they experienced a season ago.
New Orleans is 12-3 against the spread in their last 15 home games, 6-2 against the spread against the NFC South, and 4-0 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Tampa Bay is 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 19-7-1 against the spread in their last 27 road games, and 2-5-1 against the spread against the NFC South. The road team is 6-2 against the spread in the last eight meetings of these two.
Look for the Bucs to rally to the occasion here and getting the hook I like the Buccaneers to at least cover.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +4.5 New Orleans Saints