The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Scheduled for a 1 pm kickoff this game will air on FOX from the Superdome in New Orleans.
A few weeks ago this game appeared to have playoff implications, now it is little more then two disappointing teams playing out the string.
What is the point spread in the Buccaneers and Saints game? The Saints are 3.5 point favorites against the Buccaneers. The over/under for this game has been set at 54 points.
|Avg Points Allowed||23.7||29.2|
Without statistical evidence few people would believe that the Buccaneers have been a better points scoring offense. Tampa Bay is fifth in the NFL in points per game, a spot ahead of New Orleans. The problem both teams have had this season is stopping their opponents from scoring. Do not expect that trend to stop this weekend.
Tampa Bay has lost their last three games by a total of 11 points. Josh Freeman topped 400 yards passing in the Buccaneers loss to the Saints on Oct. 21, he has not topped 265 since.
One player Tampa Bay has depended on is rookie tailback Doug Martin. Martin ran for 128 yards last week after back to back down games. His prospects for a big game on Sunday are huge against the Saints last ranked run defense.
The Saints gave up 52 points to the New York Giants lat week. New York took advantage on special teams racking up nearly 300 yards, including a 97 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. They are 30th against the pass, and last against the run. They have lost by double digits in each of their last three games. (10, 10, 25)
One thing the Saints are expected to do is heave the ball down the field. That has not proven to be as effective on their recent slide as Drew Brees has thrown 9 interceptions during their three game losing streak. Brees recently topped 4,000 yards passing for the seventh straight season and 30 touchdowns for the fifth straight.