Buccaneers vs. Saints NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Betting

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell back below .500 this past Sunday after dropping a 23-17 decision to the Cleveland Browns in overtime. Todd Bowles’ squad had numerous opportunities to win the game, but in true 2022-23 Bucs fashion spit the bit when it mattered most. Even at 5-6 SU and a bankroll bursting 3-7-1 versus the closing NFL odds, the Bucs remain perched atop the NFC South standings - that’s how bad the division has been to date! It’s undoubtedly a one-bid league to the second season. Any slip-up moving forward could cost Tampa Bay a trip to the playoffs, and you know darn well the New Orleans Saints would love nothing more than to dish out a crippling defeat to turn the division standings on their head.

On Monday, December 5, 2022, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the New Orleans Saints in a pivotal NFC South showdown under the backdrop of Monday Night Football. Take it all in live from Raymond James Stadium at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

NFL Week 13 Betting Odds

New Orleans Saints +3.5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3.5

Total: 39.5

Money Line: Saints +160, Buccaneers -185

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 13 Matchup

The lookahead lines had the Bucs laying 6.5-points back home with the total lined at 42.5. The key to cashing in against the spread in this division rivalry has been as easy as picking the outright winner. Do that and you’re as good as gold! Over the course of the last 10 meetings, the Bucs have managed three point spread covers. They just so happened to be the only three games the team won. That means Tampa Bay stands 3-7 SU and ATS the last 10 times it ran up against the Saints. One of those triumphs occurred in Week 2 when it went into the bayou and scored the 20-10 win as 2.5-point favorites. That however hasn’t stopped the betting market from pounding New Orleans in the rematch with the Saints garnering nearly 80 percent of the bets and over 70 percent of the money. Because of it, the number to beat has nosedived to -3.5 from the -60.5 and the total to 39.5 from the 42.5 opener; the second lowest total of the Week 13 slate!

Say what you will, but the proof is in the pudding on how bad Tampa Bay has been offensively this season. Though still armed with the No. 5 ranked passing attack, a lack of a ground game and inability to put points on the board has turned the Bucs’ offense into one of the more pedestrian units the league currently has to offer. It’s strange saying that about a Tom Brady led attack, but it is what it is. Making matters worse in this spot is a Saints defense that’s thrived defending the pass (No. 7) even though Marshon Lattimore has missed the last seven games. “The GOAT” only threw for 190 yards in the first meeting which to this day stands as his lowest yardage output of the 2022-23 NFL betting season.

The Monday nighter has all the makings of a low scoring contest. If not for allowing Cleveland to tie the game up in the closing moments of the fourth quarter, the Bucs defense would’ve conceded fewer than 16 points in its last three games. The Saints enter this tilt off getting shutout by the San Francisco 49ers who held Andy Dalton and Co. to 260 yards of total offense, forced two turnovers, and prevented N’awlens from putting any points on the board in both red zone appearances. The Saints have scored 13 or fewer points in three of its last four games, and hasn’t scored a road win since way back in Week 1 when it stormed back in the fourth quarter to shock the Falcons. No excuse for Tampa not to flex its defensive muscles in this one!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 12 Recap

Defending the run has been a problem area for the Buccaneers all season long (No. 20). It cost them dearly in last week’s overtime loss to the Browns after allowing Nick Chubb to gouge it for 116 yards and a 4.5 yard per carry average. Tampa however had its ground game going as well though with Rachaad White turning his 14 carries into 64 yards and a 4.6 yard per carry average. Even so, OC Byron Leftwich felt the need to throw the ball 43 times. Tampa held the lead from the middle of the third quarter until 32 seconds remained in the game. So why throw the ball so much and not utilize its newfound running game instead? While injuries have played a major role, the coaching hasn’t helped. Look for an enormous shakeup this offseason regardless of whether the Bucs ultimately qualify for the playoffs or not.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Dallas Cowboys W 19-3 1-0
Week 2 at New Orleans Saints W 20-10 2-0
Week 3 vs. Green Bay Packers L 12-14 2-1
Week 4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs L 31-41 2-2
Week 5 vs. Atlanta Falcons W 21-15 3-2
Week 6 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 18-20 3-3
Week 7 at Carolina Panthers L 3-21 3-4
Week 8 vs. Baltimore Ravens L 22-27 3-5
Week 9 vs. Los Angeles Rams W 16-13 4-5
Week 10 vs. Seattle Seahawks W 21-16 5-5
Week 11 BYE
Week 12 at Cleveland Browns L 17-23 (OT) 5-6
Week 13 vs. New Orleans Saints - -
Week 14 at San Francisco 49ers - -
Week 15 vs. Cincinnati Bengals - -
Week 16 at Arizona Cardinals - -
Week 17 vs. Carolina Panthers - -
Week 18 at Atlanta Falcons - -

Tampa Bay has NBC Sunday Night Football dates in week one at the Dallas Cowboys, week four against the Kansas City Chiefs, and week 16 at the Arizona Cardinals. Tampa Bay is on Prime Video in a week eight Thursday Night game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Bucs will host the New Orleans Saints in a week 13 ESPN Monday Night Football matchup. And then Tampa Bay has a date in Europe against the Seattle Seahawks in a week eight NFL Network morning game.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Past Seasons (2000)

2021 13-4 Lost Divisional Round
2020 11-5 Won Super Bowl
2019 7-9 None
2018 5-11 None
2017 5-11 None
2016 9-7 None
2015 6-10 None
2014 2-14 None
2013 4-12 None
2012 7-9 None
2011 4-12 None
2010 10-6 None
2009 3-13 None
2008 9-7 None
2007 9-7 Lost Wild Card Round
2006 4-12 None
2005 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2004 5-11 None
2003 7-9 None
2002 12-4 Won Super Bowl
2001 9-7 Lost Wild Card Round
2000 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round

Founded in 1976 as an expansion team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost the first 26 games of their existence. It was a portent of things to come for most of their history.

It is true that the Buccaneers have two Super Bowl championships. But it is also a fact that most of the Bucs' history has been one of losing and ineptitude. From 1976 through 1996, the Bucs made the NFL Playoffs only three times.

Finally, in 1997, the Bucs began a sustained period of success. Head coach Tony Dungy led Tampa Bay to the postseason in four of his final five seasons. But Dungy could not get the Bucs to the Super Bowl. Fairly or not, Dungy was fired and replaced by Jon Gruden in 2002.

Gruden led the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl championship in his first season on the job. Many Dungy supporters bitterly said that Gruden won with Dungy’s team. Subsequently, Dungy moved on to the Indianapolis Colts and won a Super Bowl in 2006.

Certainly, Gruden had his share of fans with his “Chucky” demeanor and cocky attitude. But Gruden’s Bucs did not gain the playoffs in the two years after winning the Super Bowl. Gruden produced just two playoff teams in his final six seasons before getting fired.

From 2008 through 2019, the Bucs failed to make the playoffs. All of that changed when Tom Brady arrived for the 2020 campaign. In his first season away from Bill Belichick and the Patriots, Brady led the Bucs to the Super Bowl championship in a dominant upset of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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