The good news for rookie QB Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is that they won’t have to face a QB that Winston has already lost to twice before.
The bad news?
They have to face Drew Brees and the high flying New Orleans Saints at the Superdome.
Las Vegas NFL odds-makers also don’t believe in the hapless Bucs by listing them as 10-point underdogs.
A Closer Look At The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs New Orleans Saints NFL Week 3 Line & My Final Score Prediction
What: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) at New Orleans Saints (0-1)
When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: New Orleans, LA
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Spread: Saints -10
Moneyline: Bucs +390 vs Saints -465
Game Total: 47
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Tampa Bay vs New Orleans
New Orleans (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) was on the wrong end of a 31-19 loss to Arizona in Week 1 and never came close to covering the spread as a 2-point road dog. Drew Brees completed 30 of 48 pass attempts for 355 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but the Saints had their rushing attack shut down with starter Mark Ingram leading the team with a modest 24 rushing yards on nine carries. Defensively, New Orleans allowed Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer to complete 19 of 32 pass attempts for three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Tampa Bay (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS), got man-handled in its 42-14 Week 1 loss to Tennessee while never coming close to covering the NFL betting line as a 3-point favorite. Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston had a rough outing in his first NFL start while being limited to 16-for-33 passing for 210 yards with two touchdowns and two costly interceptions. Defensively, the Buccaneers allowed Titans rookie signal-caller Marcus Mariota to complete 13 of 16 pass attempts while tossing a whopping four touchdown passes and no picks.
Jameis Winston humbled by debut, especially after watching it again http://t.co/OSuqAk23hO
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 17, 2015
How To Bet This Game:
68 percent of the betting public likes the Saints to cover the spread while 67 percent of public bettors like the Over.
I’m going to say that the public’s majority opinion on this contest is spot on as I expect New Orleans to win this contest and narrowly cover the spread in a relatively high-scoring affair.
The Buccaneers are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games against their NFC conference rivals and just 1-6 ATS in their last seven games in the month of September. The fact that the home team in this NFC South divisional rivalry is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings backs up my selection for New Orleans,
The Over is 5-2 in Tampa Bay’s last seven road games against a team with a losing home record and 5-1 in the Saints’ last half–dozen games in the month of September.
I am picking the Saints at -10 to beat the Bucs. My finals core prediction is Tampa Bay 17, New Orleans 28.