Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Predictions, Odds & Picks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints week 1

Buccaneers vs Saints Odds

TeamPoint Spread
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+3.5 (-110)
New Orleans Saints-3.5 (-110)


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Buccaneers vs Saints Predictions and Picks

This game is going to be fun to watch but painful to bet on – are the Bucs really that great now with an elderly Brady, and can the Saints continue to play well despite their QB Brees aging? Regardless of QB age, this will be a close one, so take the Bucs and the 3.5 points.


Buccaneers +3.5 (-110)

How to Watch Buccaneers vs Saints 

Buccaneers vs Saints Information
WhatTampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints
WhereMercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA
WhenSunday, September 13, 2020; 4:25 PM ET
How to watchFOX

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the talent to be winners, and now they have the quarterback under center, GOAT Tom Brady,  who can take advantage of all that skill that now surrounds him, something he lacked last season.

It will be up to Drew Brees and the Saints to prove they are still relevant in the NFC South, despite their early withdrawal from the postseason last year, an overtime loss that some experts are still clamoring about.

The Saints manhandled the Bucs both times last season, but that was without Brady – should be fun to see how it rolls out with him in 2020.

Can Tom Brady Really Make the Difference in Tampa Bay?

One of the main complaints against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense for the last several seasons was regarding the tendency of their then QB Jameis Winston to throw the football to everyone but his own receivers.

That habit stops in 2020 with the addition of GOAT quarterback Tom Brady, who is in his 40’s but can still sling the ball quickly and accurately to players wearing his own uniform.

Having some of the best targets in the league won’t hurt his chances, and some would argue that his lack of playmakers last season was the single biggest reason his Patriots couldn’t get the job done in 2019.

Can Saints QB Brees Stay Effective Throughout the Entire Season?

This will not be a given – as the Saints veteran quarterback ages, Brees seems to fade more in the latter part of the season, though that hasn’t stopped his team from advancing to the postseason in 7 of the last 11 seasons, including a Super Bowl win in 2009. 

Last year, despite fielding the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, receiver Michael Thomas, the Saints couldn’t make it past the Wild Card round when the Vikings barely took care of them in overtime.

Brees played in 11 regular-season games last year due to a serious thumb injury, but he was still able to lead the league in completion percentage for the third season in a row, completing 74.3 percent of the passes he attempted – not bad for an “old” man.

Editor’s pick:

Buccaneers Key Player: (TE) Rob Gronkowski

We now know how good the Bucs receiver corps is with Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, and tight end O.J. Howard already there, but add soft-handed and hard-blocking tight end Rob ‘Gronk’ Gronkowski to the mix and suddenly an NFL powerhouse is born.

Gronk took the 2019 season off and enjoyed broadcasting, wrestling, and relaxing, three activities that allowed him to heal his much aching body, something he desperately needed after his 3rd Super Bowl win in 2018.

Now, Gronk is back with the GOAT, so he can give some much-needed danger to the middle of the field where his size and ability to elude tacklers will come in handy and be a nice balance of the existing deep threats in the lineup.

Saints Key Player: (RB) Alvin Kamara

The Saints have an incredible passing offense, but that is only made possible because the team is lucky enough to be able to balance that attack off the threat of Alvin Kamara, one of the most effective dual-threat running backs in the league.

Last season, Kamara ran the ball 171 times for 797 yards on the ground and 5 touchdowns, plus he caught 81 passes for 533 yards and 1 more touchdown, making him a player every opposing defense must game plan around.

If Kamara can stay healthy and work well with his talented cohort Latavius Murray out of the backfield, then it will serve to free up plenty of on-field space for the Saints receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to make their own moves to get open.

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