New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (By: JotTeWe)

Welcome to the Mercedes Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints!

The Saints will start Drew Brees as QB, as they do sice 2006. The old man is somewhat Brady-esque: Instead of slowing down, he becomes better year after year. Keep in mind that Brees will turn 40 come january and willquite sure play some playoff football in the NFL anyway.

Last year, Brees set a new NFL record for pass completion percentage: 72% of his passes were caught by his teammates. He threw for 28 TD while allowing just 8 INT. Especially awesome since he led the league in yards per attempt (not just completing checkdown passes or so) and completions (386 in 16 games).

"386?", you think; "in 16 games? And that's just 72% of the passes attempted?"

Yep. The Saints love to throw the ball, averaging a whopping 33,5 pass attempts per game (Brees solo).

More often then not, teams throwing that much just lack any talent on the ground. The Saint don't belong to this group. They have their star runningback Mark Ingram benched due to a suspension (4 games). Thus, their second star RB Alvin Kamara has to carry the load. He was drafted in the third round last year and is reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the year... Wow.

New Orleans finished the last season as the second best offense, only the Pats had an higher YPG score. Yet while New England is mostly dependend on the GOAT Tom Brady, New Orleans is not: They finished 5th in both rushing and passing! They are a scoring machine hardly stoppable.

The most amazing thing abour the Saints is that they are good at both sides of the ball. OK, last year they finished only 17th respectively 18th in rush / pass defence; but they acquired some new names, bolstered the roster with some draft picks and, in the end, dominated the league during preseason. The next best defence (my beloved ravens) allowed 50(!) yards more per game.

The Saints might and should be seen as one of this years best teams in the league.

Fun fact: guess who had the worst pass defense last year...?

The Bucs gave up 260,6 yards on passing downs last season.

Fun fact 2: The saints averaged 261,8 YPG passing.

The Bucs running defence wasn't too good, too, ranked 23rd league-wide. They had some nice eary draft picks due to smart trades and their poor record (5-11), and they drafted a ton of talent. Anyway, it seems like none of their rookies will start week one, which is OK (give them time to develop etc) but won't provide any help on the field.

Thought those were the bad news? Nah. One of their best players, starting QB Jameis Winston (first overall pick in the 2015 Draft) is suspended for the first 3 games. Tampa will start old Ryan Fitzpatrick.

I actually like him (don't know why, tbh), yet this costs the Bucs another piece of their offensive power: Fitzpatrick will stay in the pocket and try to throw the ball, while Winston provides elusiveness, speed and some electrifying moves. Not that you have to be like this to become a star (see: Brady, Brees...), but with an offense already struggling, this might become an additional problem.

I've honestly no idea who will start at RB for the Bucs. Word on the street is it's gonna be 3rd year back Peyton Barber. Wishing him all the best, but thus far he showed little to nothing.

Any good news for Bucs fans? Well, they acquired J.Pierre-Paul to help their defense, and Ryan Jensen for the offensive line. Vernon Hargreaves should be able to shut down one of the Saints' WR. Brent Grimes will be CB2 for sure, another very good player, yet not a young man anymore.

And finally, their offense looked good this preseason, but always keep in mind that presesason doesn't mean anything.

To me, there's n question who will win this game. The Saints are far superior, so we have to make another handicap-bet. The Line is at -9,5, and I'm sure Brees and his crew will easily cover it. In fact, I think this one might be a blowout and therefore go for New Orleans -10,5. Risky, but this game will be fun (unless you're a Bucs fan).

Good luck!

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New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
New Orleans -10,5 Bet365 2.05 9 40-48 LOST (-9 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (JotTeWe).
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Comments (2)
This is the most bad analysis about a match between reality and imagination....its time to take you in hands with NFL man !
09/09/2018 - 19:43
Really didn't see this coming, what a great performance by the bucs. You rarely see the saints become outplayed like that at home, though.
Anyway, I saw you brawling on this site way too often to really give a f about your comment. Would love to see you make a prediction by yourself.
Whatsoever, right now I'm 2/3 with my NFL picks, and the chiefs / lac game should make it 3/4 (29/48 at halftime) . Next time you share an (accurate) prediction, we'll talk again mate.
09/09/2018 - 21:33
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