Jameis Winston has this game circled on the calendar, as he will be squaring off with his former team when the New Orleans Saints host the reigning Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend at Caesars Superdome. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Regular Season Week 8 Game on October 31, 2021
Where: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans
When: Sunday, October 31, 2021, 4:25 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-5.5)
Regular Season Record: 6-1
Tampa made easy work of the Chicago Bears in Week 7 to record the Bucs’ fourth win in a row. Tom Brady went 20/36 for 211 yards and four touchdowns and zero interceptions in that 38-3 demolition job of Chicago at home. Brady has Tampa’s defense to thank for too for his success in that game, as the team’s stop unit gave the Bucs’ offense great field positions. Tampa’s defense is ranked 10th in the NFL with just 21.0 points allowed per game and ninth with just 332.1 total yards given up per contest. New Orleans barely relies on Jameis Winston’s arms on offense, as the Saints are the last in the league in pass play percentage. But the Saints can’t also expect to have much success on the ground in Week 8, considering that Tampa’s defense is tops in the NFL against the run. As for Brady and the offense, they could get Rob Gronkowski back from injury. The tight end is reportedly expected to play after missing games due to a rib injury.
The Buccaneers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games versus NFC South teams.
Betting on the New Orleans Saints (+5.5)
Regular Season Record: 4-2
Jameis Winston prepared for his revenge game against his old team by helping the Saints beat the Seattle Seahawks on the road last Monday, 13-10. Winston passed for 222 yards and a touchdown on 19/35 completions, but it was really running back Alvin Kamara and the defense who starred for the Saints in that game. Kamara led the Saints with 51 rushing yards on 20 carries and also paced New Orleans with 128 receiving yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions. Because he can get things done on the air and through the ground, Kamara can pick his spots against Tampa’s defense. The Buccaneers may bottle Kamara on the ground, but he can take off against Tampa’s banged-up secondary. The Bucs are 23rd in the league with nearly 265 passing yards allowed per game and 28th with opponents completing 69.96 percent of their passes. And then there’s New Orleans’ defense that had just gotten back Marcus Davenport and Terron Armstead from injuries.
The Saints are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games after scoring fewer than 15 points in their most recent contest.
The Buccaneers win, 27-23.
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