Free NFC Divisional Round Prediction: Buccaneers vs. Saints NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: NFC Divisional Round
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
Date: Sunday, January 17th, 2021
Time: 6:40 PM
Venue: Mercedes Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
NFL NFC Divisional Round ATS Betting Lines: Saints -170, Buccaneers +140
NFL NFC Divisional Round Moneyline Odds: New Orleans -3
NFL NFC Divisional Round NFL Betting Total: 52
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New Orleans took both of the regular season games between these NFC South foes. That was the difference between the Saints winning the division if you want to look at it that way.
New Orleans, had little trouble with Chicago last week. Tampa was pushed a little harder than expected by Washington.
I love seeing a home favorite by three points in the playoffs. It generally means the teams are pretty much even. I am not sure about that.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It was a very good first season for the Bucs with Tom Brady at the helm. They were 11-5 and all of their losses were to teams that made the playoffs. The biggest losses were to the Saints.
Brady led the second-best passing attack in the league and the Bucs were third in scoring. His 40 TD passes were the second highest of his career.
Tampa has a great set of receivers for Brady to throw to but they also have balance. Leonard Fournette can be a load and during the regular season Ronald Jones put up more than 900 yards.
The Tampa defense was also a big factor in winning this season. They were tops against the run and only gave up 22ppg, that was good for 8th in the NFL.
Tom Brady has had tons of playoff success, obviously. It is hard to count him and the Bucs out.
New Orleans Saints
It wasn’t an exciting game but the Saints got the job done against Chicago. They covered a big number too, winning by 12.
They probably should have one by more given they had the ball for 38 minutes and outgained the Bears by almost 150 yards.
Drew Brees has been taking heat all season. He was looking old, then he got hurt, then he was looking old again. He looked more than good enough to win with against the Bears and beyond last week.
Like Tampa, New Orleans has surged this season because they can play defense and score a lot of points. They were top 5 in all major categories and were good against Brady and the Bucs twice this season.
The key is getting pressure on Brady and the Saints have the guys to do it. Trey Hendrickson broke out with 13.5 sacks this season. He and Cam Jordan can apply pressure without having to blitz.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Over is 10-1 in TB last 11 vs. NFC South.
- Over is 25-9 in TB last 34 road games.
- Over is 19-7 in TB last 26 vs. NFC.
- NO are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite.
- NO are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NFC.
- NO are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: New Orleans
I know the old adage that it is tough to beat a team three times in a season. What has really changed. I am expecting a competitive game but one that has New Orleans out on top. Both QBs will make plays, both teams will run the ball. New Orleans will just make a play or two that makes the difference in winning and losing. It could go either way but I am much more comfortable with the home side.
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