New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction, 11/8/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 9
Game: New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020
Location: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay +1
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (5-2) are headed to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday where they'll meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2). The spread on this game has New Orleans as 1-point favorites. The O/U is set at 56.
The New Orleans Saints step onto the field holding a record of 5-2 for this season. In their last outing they went up against the Chicago Bears and notched a win by a score of 26-23. Drew Brees went 31/41 with 280 yards passing and tossed 2 touchdowns. He ended the game with no interceptions. Alvin Kamara led the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 20 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He rushed for 67 yards via 12 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.6 yards per run. Alvin Kamara led the team in receiving yardage by earning 96 yards on 9 receptions. He earned an average of 10.7 yards per catch for the game. The New Orleans Saints ended up rushing 30 times and added 122 yards earning them an average of 4.1 yards per rush. Overall, they ran 72 plays for 394 yards. For the contest, the Saints had a total of 23 first downs and they had 5 penalties for 45 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, New Orleans allowed 28 catches on 41 attempts totaling 233 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.0%. On the ground, the Saints allowed 96 yards on 23 tries which gave them an average of 4.2 yards per attempt allowed. On the day, they conceded 329 yards and forced 1 takeaway.
The Saints have racked up 2,701 total yards this season. As a unit they are averaging 119.3 yards via the ground game which is 14th in the league. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, New Orleans has totaled 13 passing touchdowns and 9 rushing touchdowns. Regarding putting points on the board, the New Orleans Saints hold an average of 29.4 PPG. The Saints are ranked 23rd in the league concerning team defense, conceding 28.1 points per game. The opposition is running for an average of 3.6 yards per run and 90.6 yards on the ground per game over the course of this season. During this campaign, they have allowed 634 yards via the ground game in 7 games. In terms of passing yardage, the Saints have surrendered 1,665 yards which ranks them 10th in the league. In their 7 games played, they have surrendered 237.9 yards per contest via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 66.7%. Overall, they are allowing 328.4 yards/outing putting them 8th in the league.
The Buccaneers come into this game with a record of 6-2 for this season. In their last game they went up against the New York Giants and notched a win by a score of 25-23. Leonard Fournette paced the team in rushing during the game. He broke a long run for 13 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for a total of 52 yards on 15 carries which gave him an average of 3.5 yards per run. Mike Evans led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 55 yards on 5 catches. He averaged 11.0 yards per reception during the game. Tom Brady went 28/40 with 279 yards through the air and tossed 2 TD's. He ended the game with no interceptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up rushing 24 times and totaled 81 yards giving them an average of 3.4 yards per carry. For the contest, the Buccaneers earned 23 first downs and they totaled 3 infractions for 20 yards. For the game, they finished with a total of 66 plays which added up to 344 yards. In terms of defense, Tampa Bay conceded 26 completions on 42 throws for a total of 256 yards, and a completion percentage of 62.0%. On the day, they allowed 357 yards and forced 2 turnovers. Against the run, the Buccaneers conceded 101 yards on 24 carries which is an average of 4.2 yards per run allowed.
Over the course of the season thus far, the Buccaneers have thrown for 2,126 yards through the air in addition to holding an average of 265.8 passing yards per contest, putting them at 8th in football. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers average 368.4 yards/game which has them ranked 14th in the NFL. They hold an average of 102.6 yards per game on the ground and have run for 821 yards for the season. When it comes to their ability to score points, the Buccaneers currently rank 4th out of all teams in football holding an average of 30.9 points per contest. The Buccaneers are sitting in 7th in the league when it comes to team defense, allowing 20.6 PPG. The opposition is running for an average of 3.2 yards per running attempt and 70.4 yards on the ground per game over the course of this year. Overall, they have allowed 563 rushing yards through 8 games. In terms of yards through the air, the Buccaneers have surrendered 1,833 yards which has them sitting in 22nd in the league. During their 8 games played, they have given up 229.1 yards per contest through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 66.1%. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 299.5 yards per contest ranking them 3rd in football.
Who will win tonight's Saints/Buccaneers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Saints -1
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