Bucs vs. Saints Total Prediction

Tampa Bay Bucs vs. New Orleans Saints, 9/6/18 Predictions & Odds

NFC South rivals will square off in New Orleans on Sunday when the Saints host the Tampa Bay Bucs at 1:00 p.m. ET. Will these two teams combine for enough points to push the score over the total for bettors?

Game Snapshot

463 Tampa Bay Bucs at 464 New Orleans Saints

1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, September 9, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Saints are 9.5-point favorites to beat the Bucs. The total, meanwhile, sits at 49.5 points. As of this writing, 71% of the public betting tickets are on the Saints to cover the point spread.

Tampa Bay Bucs

Buccaneers LT Donovan Smith (knee) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. It's Smith's first practice since going down with a sprained knee about two weeks ago. This puts him on track to play Week 1 against New Orleans. G/C Evan Smith (hip) and CB M.J. Stewart (foot) were also limited at Wednesday's session while DT Vita Vea (calf) remained sidelined.

New Orleans Saints

Saints LG Andrus Peat (quad) did not practice on Wednesday. He was the only Saint absent from Wednesday's practice. Peat was mostly ineffective last year, earning PFF's No. 50 grade out of 80 qualifiers at guard. Josh LeRibeus would be next up at left guard for New Orleans.

NFL Betting Trends

Tampa Bay

The over is 7-2 in the Bucs’ last nine road games.

New Orleans

The over is 4-1 in the Saints’ last five home games.

Prediction

With no Jamies Winston under center for Tampa, I’m hesitant to trust the Bucs to score enough points to contribute to the over. That said, taking the over in New Orleans home games has often been profitable in the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era. The Saints have a ton of offensive firepower and the Bucs will likely own a bottom-five defense when its all said and done. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will start in place for Winston over the first three weeks, is always good for turnovers, which flips field position and could contribute to the final score.

 

NFL Week 1 Prediction: Bucs/Saints over 49.5

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