NFL Monday Night Football: Saints at Buccaneers Odds
There was little doubt that the New Orleans Saints were going to take a step back this season. Last year head coach Sean Payton retired. It now looks like a classic case of a coach getting out while the getting was good. New Orleans has not been the same since Drew Brees retired as their record-setting QB. And Jameis Winston has battled injuries and poor play as the replacement. Thus, Andy Dalton has taken over as the Saint’s QB. Dalton has exceeded expectations, but the surrounding cast leaves much to be desired. This week the Saints are at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay is struggling to clear the .500 mark as the NFC South division leader by default.
NFL Monday Night Football Betting Odds
New Orleans Saints +3.5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3.5
Money Line: Saints +160, Buccaneers -185
NFL Monday Night Football Weekly Matchup
On Monday, December 5, 2022, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFC South division will host the New Orleans Saints of the NFC South division. Kickoff time at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, is 8:15 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN.
The Saints won’t draw much in the way of casual sector support. While The Buccaneers will get those squares but at an increased price. Wise Guys will assess if the Saints are getting enough extra sugar to make a contrarian bet.
New Orleans Saints
Last game, the New Orleans Saints lost 13-0 against the San Francisco 49ers as 9.5-point road dogs. The game went under the total of 43.5. New Orleans has a record of 4-8 straight up, 4-8 against the spread, and 6-6 over/under the total. New Orleans ranks 15th for total offense, 11th for passing, 21st for rushing and 21st for scoring. Defensively they rank 11th overall, 7th against the pass, 22nd against the rush, and 20th for points allowed. Also, New Orleans ranks 32nd for turnovers lost and 32nd for takeaways.
San Francisco forced two fumbles from Alvin Kamara and ended the NFL's longest active scoring streak at 332 games and nearly 21 years, beating the Saints for their fourth straight win.
The Niners set the tone on defense from the opening drive when Warner forced a fumble by Kamara that he recovered, and they didn't let up from there.
They stopped the Saints near the goal line twice in the second half - including another fumble by Kamara to post their first shutout since beating Washington 9-0 on Oct. 20, 2019. New Orleans had the fourth longest in NFL history, with their last shutout coming at the hands of the 49ers in the 2001 finale.
Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 222 yards and a touchdown, and San Francisco won on a day when the offense wasn't clicking, and the running game was bottled up.
The Niners haven't allowed a point in more than 94 minutes of game action. They are the fifth team since 1991 to go four straight games without allowing a second-half point.
Andy Dalton threw for 204 yards, and the Saints were held to just 63 on the ground.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 23-17 against the Cleveland Browns as 3-point road favorites. The game went under the total of 42.5. Tampa Bay has a record of 5-6 straight up, 3-7-1 against the spread, and 2-9 over/under the total. Tampa Bay ranks 18th for total offense, 5th for passing, 32nd for rushing and 27th for scoring. Defensively they rank 9th overall, 5th against the pass, 20th against the rush, and 7th for points allowed. Also, Tampa Bay ranks 1st for turnovers lost and 22nd for takeaways.
Nick Chubb scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 19 seconds left in overtime. Cleveland rallied Sunday to stun Tom Brady, and the Buccaneers won in Jacoby Brissett's final start before Deshaun Watson returns from his 11-game suspension. Afterward, the Browns gave Brissett a game ball before the popular 29-year-old channeled Brady, his former teammate in New England.
Chubb powered through a pile of bodies at the goal line as the Browns sent Brissett off with a win as they transition to Watson, who the NFL banned for sexual misconduct allegations. He'll start next week in Houston, which traded him to Cleveland in March. So this was a special one for Brissett, who has been invaluable to the Browns during another turbulent season.
Brady completed 29 of 43 passes for 246 yards and was sacked three times. Brissett went 23 of 37 for 210 yards with one TD and an interception. Chubb finished with 116 yards on 26 carries.
Brady opened the second half by completing his first six passes, including a 28-yarder to Mike Evans, who became the first Tampa Bay player to reach 10,000 yards receiving. The Buccaneers took a 17-10 lead when Brady connected with rookie Ko Kieft on a 5-yard scoring pass. It was the 638th TD pass for Brady and No. 1 for Kieft, who is listed as the team's fourth-string tight end.
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