Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Predictions, Odds, Spreads & Betting Lines: Defense steals the show

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Week 2 of the NFL season will feature an NFC South matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints. Both teams won their Week 1 matchup, but the two victories could not be more different. The Saints had a last-minute comeback to beat the Atlanta Falcons while the Buccaneers demolished the Dallas Cowboys and did not allow Dallas to score a touchdown. Our NFL expert has his picks and predictions for this matchup, so let’s take a look at Sunday’s game.

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NFL Week 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints spread, odds & betting lines

Point spread: Buccaneers -2.5; Saints +2.5
Total points over/under: 44 points
Money line odds: Buccaneers -145; Saints +125

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints expert picks

We’ve got some great NFL picks for this week’s game between the Buccaneers and Saints, including a 2-star selection for our over/under game total selection. 

Against the spread pick: Buccaneers -2.5 (-110) over Saints

The Saints are fresh off a thrilling last-second comeback victory over the Falcons, while the Bucs just demolished the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. I’m not the biggest fan of the Bucs this season, and yes they’re looking pretty banged up at the moment, but I still lean toward them here now that the number has fallen below the key number of 3. The Saints beat the Falcons, but they hardly looked impressive doing it. Installed as a 6-point favorite in that game, New Orleans got dominated from the opening kickoff up until there were a handful of minutes left in the game.

Atlanta choked the game away in true Falcons fashion, but that doesn’t mean the Saints played well. Jameis Winston got absolutely nothing going for three full quarters, and the Saints’ vaunted defensive line was getting blown off the ball by a weak Falcons offensive line as Cordarelle Patterson rushed for 120 yards. Marcus Mariota added 72 yards rushing himself, so Leonard Fournette could have more success than you might think here. Tampa also isn’t the only team banged up. New Orleans has a whole bunch of guys who are ailing and were limited participants in practice, including Winston and Alvin Kamara. Lay it with the visitors here.

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Over/Under totals pick: Under 44 (-110)

I like the under more in this game than the spread. Tampa receivers were dropping like flies on SNF, as Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Julio Jones all got injured during the course of the game. Incredibly, five Bucs wideouts were on Wednesday’s injury report. It looks like Evans will be OK, but both Godwin and Jones didn’t practice on Wednesday and the team will likely be very cautious with Godwin coming off his ACL tear. Winston made plays late, but he looked awful for the first three quarters and should struggle against a Todd Bowles-coached defense that just completely shutdown Dak Prescott.

Tampa’s ferocious pass-rush rattled Prescott, who averaged only 4.6 yards per attempt with an interception and no touchdowns. Dallas couldn’t move the ball through the air while only scoring three points in the game, and nobody runs on this Bucs defensive front led by Vita Vea. Tom Brady only threw for 212 yards in the first game of the post-Bruce Arians era, and that was with all of his receivers out there.

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