1:02 pm
September 18

Buccaneers @ Saints

Who will WIN this matchup?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)

@ New Orleans Saints (1-0)


Current odds:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: (-155)

New Orleans Saints: (+130)


The spread for the game is Tampa Bay by 3 points.

The New Orleans Saints have had a lot of success against Tampa Bay since Tom Brady joined the Buccaneers in 2020. They are 4-0 in the regular season, though the Buccaneers won a Divisional playoff game after the 2020 season. The Saints have won seven straight in the regular season going into the matchup between the NFC South rivals Sunday in New Orleans.

Both teams won their season openers. Tampa Bay had one of the more impressive performances last weekend as they beat the Cowboys 19-3 in Dallas and were the only team in the NFL to not allow a touchdown. The Saints had one of sloppiest performances while still winning last week, falling behind 26-10 in Atlanta before staging the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history to prevail 27-26.

Each of the four victories against Brady has been by at least nine points. That includes the most-lopsided loss of Brady’s 23-year career (38-3 in Tampa in 2020) and the first shutout of a team led by Brady (9-0) in 15 years, last season in Tampa. In those four games, Brady completed just 61 percent of his passes for an average of 259 yards with six touchdowns, eight interceptions and two lost fumbles. He was sacked 13 times.

Leonard Fournette rushed for 127 yards for Tampa Bay against Dallas and he’ll go against a New Orleans defense that allowed 201 rushing yards last week, including 120 by Cordarrelle Patterson. New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara (ribs) missed practice on Thursday. Saints starting cornerback Paulson Adebo, who missed the opener because of an ankle injury, sat out both Wednesday and Thursday.

StreakSmarter Pick
Tampa Bay Buccaneers