The New Orleans Saints take on NFC South rivals the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 17th. The New Orleans Saints have failed to cover the point spread in their first five games and they have struggled offensively to this point of the NFL season. The game against the Arizona Cardinals was one of the most embarrassing losses in recent memory for the New Orleans Saints and may not be the last.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have played at a higher level than many expected for the 2010 NFL season and Josh Freeman has played much better than anyone gave him credit for heading into the NFL season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers comeback led by Freeman on the road was a landmark win for Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they grow as a team and possible NFL spoiler.
New Orleans Saints Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense
Drew Brees will work out of his funk eventually with his New Orleans Saints offense. The question is when. Brees has not been awful this season but he has struggled in the red zone. Turnovers have been the Achilles heel of the New Orleans Saints offense this season and they will need to get a handle on this to make a difference. The New Orleans Saints turnover late in the game against the Arizona Cardinals proved to be their undoing last week.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense has quietly been a consistent force against some good offenses. Although they took a step back against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense does play much better on their home field and they should be ready for the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans Saints offense has the edge over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.
New Orleans Saints Defense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offense
Josh Freeman, quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has put together a decent 2010 NFL season and has performed better than expected with an offensive arsenal that is challenging to say the least. Freeman will be tested by the New Orleans Saints defense in this game and he will have to be careful not to be baited into any bad throws.
When opportunity knocked in the 2009 NFL season the door was usually answered by the New Orleans Saints defense. This season they have not been as productive creating turnovers. The New Orleans Saints defense has also struggled with open field tackling. Two issues that have led to them struggling to cover point spreads in the 2010 NFL season. The New Orleans Saints defense still has the edge over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
New Orleans Saints -5 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pick Against the Spread & Final Word
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook made the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a five point underdog against the defending Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints. Five points is a decent number to ask the New Orleans Saints to cover on the road against an NFC South opponent.
Player match ups and trends mean little when a team like the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints struggle. The New Orleans Saints will correct their situation but this game against an NFC South opponent like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks like a good spot to take the underdog. Take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5 to beat the New Orleans Saints straight up in this NFC South game.
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