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2020-09-13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints
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New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction & Preview

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#475 Tampa Bay
Buccaneers 3.5
 
#476 New Orleans
Saints -3.5

Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 4:25pm

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished third in the NFC South in 2019. They had an overall record of 7-9 and were 2-4 in the NFC South. They ended their 2019 campaign on a 2-game losing streak. Against the Saints, they were 0–2, getting beat by an average of 15.5 PPG in their 2 games against them.

The New Orleans Saints ended 2019 strong, winning their final 3 games before getting bounced in the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years by the Vikings. For the 3rd straight year, they won the NFC South. They won 13 games for the 2nd straight year.

 

Tampa Bay Scratching Their Way

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 2019 near the top of the league in almost every offensive category. Led by two 1,000-yard receivers in Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, they averaged nearly 420 YPG. Jameis Winston was a scoring machine and a turnover machine. He had 33 touchdowns but threw 30 INTs. The Buccaneers finished 2019 averaging 28.6 PPG. This all goes out the door with the addition of 6-time Superbowl champion Tom Brady coming in as a free agentalong with Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette. Gronkowski is in the discussion for greatest tight end of all time. Over his six-year career, he averages 13 TDs and 1,310 yards a season. But he's also coming off retirement and a very brief wrestling career. Maybe the year off helped him heal some of the injuries of the past. Fournette is also considered to be one of the better running backs in the league.

 

Tampa Bay struggled defensively in 2019. Winston’s 30 INTs probably did not help them. They gave up 28.1 points per game, ranking them near the bottom in the NFL. Against the Saints, they gave up 32.5 PPG. They finished 29th in overall defense allowing a whopping 364.3 yards per game. It is worth mentioning that per100 yards, they are ranked in the top 10 in points allowed. Their defensive struggles were in main part because of their offense turning the ball over at such a high rate. Look for them to be in the top 10 this seasonwith a much more efficient offense led by Brady.

 

New Season, New Gameplan

The Saints come into this season with a new mentality. With Drew Brees nearing retirement, the Saints will lean heavily on their defense. While they were not the best defense in the league, the Saints defense played a big part in their 13 – 3 record losing not one game during the 5-game stretchthat Brees was out with injury. In five games last year, the defense of the Saints gave up 10 or fewer points. They finished 2019 with the 13th ranked overall offense allowing 353.9 YPG and 21.3 PPG. They look to improve on these numbers with the addition of Malcolm Jenkins who they drafted in 2009 with the 14th pick. He is a 3-time Pro Bowler and has 7 career defensive touchdowns.

 

Offensively, the Saints will rely on first-team all-pro-WR Michael Thomas who put up league-leading numbers in 2019 with 1,725 yards to go along with 9 touchdowns. His 149 receptions were an NFL single-season record. They will look for RB Alvin Kamara to have a bounce-back season from last year in which he rushed for less than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.












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