|2013 NFL NFC South Week 2 Odds & Point Spread: Saints vs. Buccaneers|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Friday, 13 September 2013 15:00|
Saints vs. Buccaneers Odds
Tampa Bay is 0-1 on the season, 0-1 against the spread and playing in its home opener. New Orleans is 1-0 on the season, 1-0 against the spread and playing in its road opener. New Orleans has won three straight over Tampa Bay.
Trends show that the Saints are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games with Tampa Bay and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 trips to Tampa. The two have hit the under in 8 of their last 9 encounters.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, New Orleans is the favorite on the road, as the Saints have odds of -3.5 points at Tampa Bay. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 47 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had the Saints favored by 3.5 points as well. The spread hasn’t changed since opening. The over/under total for the game opened at 46.5 points. The total climbed to 47.5 before falling back to 47.
New Orleans started the season with a 23-17 win over Atlanta at home. The Saints had 419 yards of offense in the win while giving up just 367 yards to the Falcons’ offense. The Saints made a nice goal-line stand to end the game and secure the victory. Offensively, Drew Brees was 26 of 35 passing for 357 yards and two touchdowns. Darren Sproles actually led the team in receiving, as he caught six passes for 88 yards.
Tampa Bay started the season with a surprising 18-17 loss on the road against the New York Jets. Tampa Bay struggled on offense all game, racking up just 250 total yards. The Bucs defense didn’t play poorly, holding New York to just 304 total yards. The Bucs also had five sacks and forced two turnovers on defense. Mason Foster led the unit with two sacks and eight tackles. Offensively, Vincent Jackson had a big game, catching seven passes for 154 yards.
In terms of Injuries, New Orleans cornerback Patrick Robinson is questionable with a foot injury while defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley is out with a leg injury. Tampa Bay cornerback Michael Adams is out with a knee injury while guard Carl Nicks is questionable with a toe issue.
The Public Bets for this game are currently backing New Orleans, as the Saints are getting 85% of the wagers with odds of -3.5 points at Tampa Bay.