Two future Hall of Famers in Tom Brady and Drew Brees will be looking to lead their teams to a Week 1 win this coming Sunday, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers test the mettle of the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome. Will Brady get his first career win in the NFL in a non-New England Patriots gear? Or will Brees and company deny Brady? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Regular Season Week 1 Game on September 13, 2020
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
When: Sunday, September 13, 2020, 4:25 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3.5)
Regular Season Record: 0-0
Unless you’ve been hiding on a different planet (can we join you?) with no wifi connection, you’ve likely heard that the Bucs now have Tom Brady as their quarterback, replacing Mr. 30 for 30, Jameis Winston. Sure, Brady is way past 40, but he’s still considered an upgrade over Winston. And Brady will have some serious talent downfield that’s better than what he had in the past few years in Foxboro. The pair of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin is arguably the best 1-2 WR punch in the game today. Godwin had a breakout season a year in 2019, as he led the Bucs with 1,333 receiving yards to go with nine touchdowns. Evans had 1,157 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Plus, the Bucs now have a true threat in the backfield with the recent acquisition of former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Brady is also reuniting with old pal Rob Gronkowski, whose familiarity with the quarterback should translate well on the field. This is a much better offensive Tampa Bay crew than what New Orleans dealt with last season. On the other side of the ball, the defense has Jason Pierre-Paul anchoring the pass rush after recording 8.5 sacks in just 10 games last year.
The Bucs are 3-1-2 against the spread in their last five games.
Betting on the New Orleans Saints (-3.5)
Regular Season Record: 0-0
As long as the Saints have Drew Brees, they are a team that will be considered a Super Bowl contender. Like Brady, Brees is on the bad side of 40, but he still threw for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns in just 11 games last season. Brees missed six games last year due to an injury, but Teddy Bridgwater managed to keep the Saints afloat. Bridgewater is now gone, but Brees has a new backup in former Bucs starter, Jameis Winston. Brees’ supporting cast isn’t too shabby, with Michael Thomas leading the receiving corps. Thomas had 1,725 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2019. He’ll be joined by Emmanuel Sanders, who should still be good. New Orleans’s defense will have an acid test right away in Week 1 against the Patriots’ passing attack. The Saints’ secondary added Janoris Jenkins and Malcolm Jenkins to a group that already has one of the most solid in the business in cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
The under is 2-0 in the Saints’ last two games at home.
The Saints win, 30-27.
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