Free Week 17 NFL Prediction: Saints vs Buccaneers NFL Odds
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NFL Week 17 Handicapping
(11-4) New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11)
Date: Sunday December 31
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Week 17 ATS Betting Lines: Saints -7.5
NFL Week 17 Moneyline Odds: OFF
Week 17 NFL Betting Total: 50.5
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New Orleans has already clinched a playoff spot but this one still has meaning.
I am fairly confident that a win guarantees them the division title whether Carolina wins or not.
Tampa has nothing to play for and their coach looks like he might get the boot.
It will be hard to expect much from this group, even though they are at home.
New Orleans Saints
There was nothing flashy about the Saints win last week. They just got it done and put a hurt on the Falcons chances of making the playoffs this season in the process.
Drew Brees’ season was encapsulated in the win. He was steady but unspectacular. This season they don’t need him to be a hero in every game.
In the win the two headed running attack of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara split the carries. I would expect the same as they want both to be fresh since it seems whether they take the division or not they will play the next week.
Michael Thomas was banged up but caught 5 of 6 targets last week. He is someone they also want to keep fresh for the playoff run.
It is amazing how Kamara has become such a feature of the Saints offense. He caught 7 balls last week, more than any other Saint. The offense was just OK in the win.
The defense was much better, except for the fact that they couldn’t really cover Julio Jones. Let’s be fair though, who is really good at bottling up that guy.
They were able to shutdown the running game though, 67 yards on 20 carries.
Best of all they sacked Matt Ryan 5 times. Cameron Jordan had two of those, running his already career high to 12. The fact that others got int the act bodes well for the Saints chances moving forward.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It looked like Tampa might grab the upset of the week but they could not hold on against Cam Newton and Panthers last week. Losing in the final minute.
For the second week in a row Jameis Winston was superb but it wasn’t enough to get the victory. He is playing efficiently but the team is not scoring a lot of points – just 40 total the last two weeks.
They have covered in back to back weeks though so maybe the market is off on this group. Perhaps they aren’t quitting.
Mike Evans had his biggest game of the season with this first 100+ yard performance. Its about time.
The Bucs probably would have beaten the Panthers were it not for three lost fumbles. He might have scored the winning touchdown but they made Newton look pretty bad.
They did a good job of stymieing the Panthers on the ground too which is where you want to start against New Orleans this season. It is hte last game so they should be aggressive.
NFL Betting Trends:
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Orleans’s last 9 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
- New Orleans is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 9 games when playing at home against New Orleans
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Buccaneers +7.5
The hook is the key in this one. Tampa has covered two straight when they should have fallen apart.
NFL Free Week 17 Score Prediction: New Orleans 27 – Tampa Bay 21
If the Saints run out to an early lead this one could certainly get out of hand but I think the Bucs will respond.
New Orleans grinds out the win to take the division.
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