If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Sunday when the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet at Raymond James Stadium.
New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, December 11, 2016
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
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TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX.
LINE: Buccaneers -2.5. O/U: 51.5
PREDICTION: Buccaneers 26, Saints 24
Oddsmakers currently have the Buccaneers listed as 3-point favorites versus the Saints, while the game’s total is sitting at 51½.
ABOUT THE SAINTS (5-7): New Orleans remains one of the league’s most prolific offensive teams, but the running attack that had come to life in recent weeks dropped off in the loss to Detroit. Drew Brees continues to put up huge passing numbers but threw three interceptions and no touchdowns against the Lions. The Saints’ 31st-ranked pass defense had put together three straight solid efforts before being burned for 337 yards by Matthew Stafford and the Lions, although New Orleans continues to play tough against the run.
New Orleans Stats:
Team record: 5-7 SU,7-4-1 ATS
New Orleans is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 7 games
New Orleans is 6-0-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (7-5): Tampa Bay has turned around its season with a balanced offense and an opportunistic defense that has forced 11 turnovers during the four-game winning streak. The defense produced a touchdown and a game-saving interception in the end zone to preserve last week’s 28-21 win at San Diego. Quarterback Jameis Winston is enjoying a strong sophomore campaign but is running out of weapons as injuries have decimated his receiving corps and will need to rely heavily on star receiver Mike Evans and running back Doug Martin.
Tampa Bay was a 28-21 winner in its last match on the road against the Chargers. They covered the +3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 49 sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.
Tampa Bay Stats:
Team record: 7-5 SU,7-5 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
1. Brees has averaged 335 passing yards in his last five games at Tampa Bay.
2. Martin has scored a rushing touchdown in four of his last five home games and is averaging 102 scrimmage yards in his last five against the Saints.
3. Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe has recorded a sack in four straight games and has 17 tackles and one sack in his last two meetings with Tampa Bay.