I am salivating for the fourth quarter buzzer in this game after Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints absolutely light up the Superdome scoreboard to the chagrin of Jameis Winston the Tampa Bay Bucs.
While Winston’s NFL debut didn’t go quite as planned, he spent every day since fixing all that went wrong. He will still need time to grow into the Buc’s franchise QB, but he will rebound nicely in this game versus a suspect Saints D.
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
Why Bet On Tampa Bay to Beat New Orleans (-10)
QB Jameis Winston is just fine.
Unless you just hate the guy, you sort of have to feel for Jameis Winston. The first player taken in the NFL Draft is under center for a team that pretty much has nothing else going for it. Sure, Winston has some talented receivers in which to throw the ball too. But, he plays behind a terrible offensive line. His running backs are ordinary. What’s worse is that the Tampa Bay defense is downright terrible.
Jameis Winston humbled by debut, especially after watching it again http://t.co/OSuqAk23hO
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 17, 2015
The Tampa Bay D allowed the second player in the draft, QB Marcus Mariota, to shred them for a 13 out of 16 performance for 209 yards. Mariota threw 4 touchdown passes including a 52 yarder to Kendall Wright that started the 42 to 14 Tennessee obliteration of the Buccaneers. The Bucs defense also gave up 124 yards on the ground.
But even with so many issues on the defensive end and a terrible offensive line, Winston’s debut really wasn’t all that bad. He did throw 2 interceptions and he only completed 16 out of 33 passes, but he threw for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns. He figures to be much better in Week 2 versus a suspect Saints secondary that will be without starting safety Jarius Byrd and starting cornerback Keenan Lewis. With improvement, Winston could burn the New Orleans secondary on Sunday.
Why Bet On New Orleans (-10) to Beat Tampa Bay
If Mariota dissected the Bucs D, what will Brees do?
The Saints had a tough assignment in Week 1. They had to take on one of the better teams in the NFC in the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals defense is tremendous. It’s one of the best in the league versus the run. The secondary for AZ also appears to be much improved.
But the Saints offense held it together for a while. At the end of 3 quarters, the score was Arizona 17, New Orleans 13. Arizona didn’t blow the game open until the fourth quarter when they outscored the Saints 14 to 6. The game ended Cardinals 31 and Saints 19.
— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2015
Already fans in the bayou are saying that the Saints did wrong by trading TE Jimmy Graham. That’s not really the problem. QB Drew Brees threw for 355 yards and a TD. RB Mark Ingram was brilliant in the passing game. He caught 8 passes for 98 yards. The issue is that the offense faced a very good defense and the Saints own defense simply wore down.
Things should be different on Sunday. Brees will feast on Tampa Bay’s terrible defense. He should have a monster game. Expect the Saints to score over 30 in this matchup. I am betting the Saints BIG. My final score prediction is New Orleans 38, Tampa Bay 24.