The New Orleans Saints are seeking an upset in Week 8 at home against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is a battle between the top two squads in the NFC South, and a win here by the Saints will cut the reigning Super Bowl champion’s division lead down to one. A win for the Bucs will give them an even more comfortable lead, heading into a bye in Week 9.
NitroBetting takes a look at this Buccaneers vs. Saints Week 8 matchup and breaks it down. Find out more about these teams plus the NFL betting odds and pick for the contest by scrolling down this preview. Don’t forget to check out the latest sports betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook.
Buccaneers vs. Saints Game Information
- When: Sunday, October 31, 2021, 4:25 PM ET
- Where: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
- TV: FOX
- Radio: WXTB 97.9 FM (Buccaneers) / WWL 870 AM (Saints)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Buccaneers (-4.5) / Saints (+4.5)
Why Bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Tampa Bay just keeps on churning out wins. Their latest was a 38-3 destruction of the Chicago Bears at home in Week 7. It was absolute domination for the Bucs on offense and defense. Tom Brady passed for only 211 yards but somehow ended up with four touchdown tosses, while also avoiding getting picked.
Through seven games, the future Hall of Famer quarterback has 2,275 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes — both figures lead the NFL. New Orleans’ defense has been pretty good this season, but it will get pushed to the limit by Brady and his wide array of talented targets downfield.
Antonio Browns is unlikely to play because of an ankle injury, but Brady still has Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and the returning Rob Gronkowski. And then there’s running back Leo Fournette, who can soften up opposing defenses with his explosiveness. Fournette had 81 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries against the Bears, while Ronald Jones burned rubber for 63 rushing yards on 10 rushing attempts.
Why Bet on the New Orleans Saints?
Whether he admits it or not, this matchup against the Buccaneers is one that Jameis Winston has long been waiting for. Winston started his NFL career in Tampa, which replaced him with Brady after opting not to re-sign the former Heisman Trophy winner in 2020. In other words, there won’t be a shortage of motivation for Winston to beat the Bucs. But it’s not all on him and the chip on his shoulder.
Alvin Kamara will play just as big — if not bigger role in Week 8 than Winston. The running back came up huge in Week 7’s 13-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks, particularly in the passing attack, as he burned the Seahawks for 128 receiving yards and a touchdown on 10 catches and 11 targets. Kamara may not have to carry as massive of a load again, though, in Week 8 with wide receiver Deonte Harris slated to return after missing Week 7 with a hamstring issue.
Harris is third on his team with 236 receiving yards to go with two touchdown grabs. As for their defense, the Saints are among the league leaders in interceptions with nine picks, so Brady could be in for a long afternoon in New Orleans.
Buccaneers vs. Saints Betting Trends
- The Buccaneers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against teams in the NFC South.
- The Buccaneers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against teams that have winning records.
- The Over is 22-8 in Tampa Bay’s last 30 games against NFC teams.
- The Saints are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games in which they were the underdogs at home.
- The Saints are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against NFC South franchises.
- The Under is 6-1 in New Orleans’ last seven games after a victory.
Buccaneers vs. Saints Expert Betting Predictions
It’s not hard to pick the Buccaneers for this game, given the dominance they have shown for the most part of the season. Their offense is humming and their defense, despite injuries, is holding up. But the Saints are playing at home as the underdog in Week 8, which sounds tasty. With Jameis Winson, you never really know what you’re going to get, but that Saints spread could be just enough buffer for them to come away with a cover.
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