New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 14 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/9/2018
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Raymond James Stadium
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The New Orleans Saints travel to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, December 9, 2018. The opening line for this game has New Orleans as 7.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 57.5.
The Saints have an ATS record of 9-3-0 while their over/under record is 5-7-0. The Buccaneers have an over/under record of 8-4-0 and they are 5-6-1 against the spread.
Valuable New Orleans Saints Betting Trends
The New Orleans Saints are 5-7-0 against the over/under
The New Orleans Saints are 9-3-0 against the spread
Important Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 8-4-0 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 5-6-1 against the spread
Key New Orleans Saints Injuries
12/02/18 T Terron Armstead Shoulder is questionable Sunday vs Tampa Bay
11/22/18 WR Dez Bryant Achilles is out for season
11/08/18 WR Cameron Meredith Knee IR
10/24/18 G Josh LeRibeus Ankle IR
10/18/18 WR Ted Ginn Jr. Knee IR
09/26/18 CB Patrick Robinson Ankle IR
09/04/18 TE Michael Hoomanawanui Neck IR
09/04/18 DB Rickey Jefferson Knee IR
09/04/18 RB Shane Vereen Finger IR
09/04/18 WR Travin Dural Arm IR
Key Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injuries
12/03/18 S Isaiah Johnson Concussion is questionable Sunday vs New Orleans
12/02/18 CB Carlton Davis Knee is questionable Sunday vs New Orleans
12/02/18 T Demar Dotson Hamstring is questionable Sunday vs New Orleans
12/02/18 WR DeSean Jackson Hand is questionable Sunday vs New Orleans
12/02/18 CB M.J. Stewart Foot is questionable Sunday vs New Orleans
11/20/18 TE O.J. Howard Ankle IR
11/14/18 OL Evan Smith Hip IR
11/14/18 RB Shaun Wilson Shoulder IR
10/22/18 LB Jack Cichy ACL IR
10/22/18 LB Kwon Alexander ACL IR
09/26/18 S Chris Conte Knee IR
09/12/18 CB Vernon Hargreaves Shoulder IR
09/06/18 LB Kendell Beckwith Ankle is out indefinitely
09/04/18 LB Devante Bond Foot IR
09/04/18 DT Mitch Unrein Concussion IR
09/04/18 LB Riley Bullough Foot IR
09/04/18 WR Sergio Bailey Ankle IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The New Orleans Saints are 4th in the NFL in points scored with 419. They have run 767 plays this season for 4,759 yards, which ranks them 2nd in the league in total offense. The Saints average 6.2 yards per play, which is 1st in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 296 1st downs this year, placing them 8th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground New Orleans has run for 1,529 yards as a team, which ranks 5th in the NFL. They've run 363 times, averaging 4.2 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Saints have been penalized on offense 64 times for 623 yards so far this season, which has them 17th in the league in penalties. Drew Brees has thrown for 3,262 yards this season. He has completed 290 passes on 384 attempts for a completion percentage of 75.5%. His quarterback rating is 123.2. He averages 8.5 yards per pass attempt and 11.2 yards per completion.
New Orleans is 10th in the league in points allowed on defense with 269. They have surrendered a total of 4,256 yards on D, which is 17th in the NFL. The Saints are ranked 23rd in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Their pass defense has given up 7.3 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 16th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 298 passes on 425 attempts against the New Orleans Saints defense this season, placing them 13th and 17th in the National Football League. The New Orleans pass defense has also given up a total of 3,351 yards through the air, which is 15th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 255 attempts for 905 yards this year, putting them in 16th place in the league against the run. The Saints have committed 63 penalties for 593 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 7th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 36.9% of possessions on defense, which is 16th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
New Orleans is ranked 16th in the league in punt returns with 18. They've accumulated 97 punt return yards and average 5.4 yards per return, which is 25th in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 16 yards. They have returned 19 kicks for 434 yards on special teams, ranking 8th in kick return yardage. The Saints average 22.8 yards per kick return and have a long of 47 yards this year. They are 2nd in the league in all-purpose yards with 5,386. The New Orleans Saints have attempted 24 field goals this season and made 23, which is 11th in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 95.8%. New Orleans Saints kickers have made 98% of their extra points, going 44 for 45 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,322 yards on 28 punts, averaging 47.2 yards per punt. That places them 8th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have run for 1,178 yards as a unit, which ranks 27th in the league. They've run 301 times, averaging 3.9 yards per rush as a unit. The Buccaneers have been penalized on offense 89 times for 731 yards so far this year, which has them 19th in the NFL in penalties. They are 18th in the National Football League in points scored with 318. They have run 812 plays this year for 5,312 yards, which ranks them 9th in the NFL in total offense. The Buccaneers average 6.5 yards per play, which is 8th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 307 1st downs this season, ranking them 2nd overall as an offensive unit. Jameis Winston has completed 157 throws while attempting 232 passes for a completion percentage of 67.7%. He has passed for 1,941 yards this year. He averages 12.4 yards per completion and 8.4 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 90.8.
The Buccaneers rush defense has given up 293 attempts for 1,452 yards this season, putting them in 23rd place in the NFL against the run. They have had 94 penalties for 883 yards on defense this year. That places them 21st in the league. They've allowed a score on 39.6% of possessions on defense, which is 28th in the NFL. Tampa Bay is 24th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 355. They have given up a total of 4,745 yards on D, which is 32nd in the league. The Buccaneers are 32nd in yards per play allowed with 6.4. Their pass defense has allowed 7.4 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 32nd in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 297 throws on 410 attempts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense this season, ranking them 32nd and 14th in the league. The Buccaneers pass defense has also surrendered a total of 3,293 yards in the air, which is 32nd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tried 18 field goals this season and made 14, which is 19th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 77.8%. Tampa Bay kickers have made 90% of their extra points, going 34 for 38 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,875 yards on 42 punts, averaging 44.6 yards per punt. That ranks them 29th in the NFL in punting average. Tampa Bay is 32nd in the NFL in punt returns with 22. They've totaled 132 punt return yards and are averaging 6 yards per return, which is 6th in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 16 yards. They have returned 20 kicks for 337 yards on special teams, placing them 31st in kick return yardage. The Buccaneers average 16.9 yards per kick return and have a long of 29 yards this season. They are 14th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 5,954.
Who will win tonight's Saints/Buccaneers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Saints -7.5
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