A popular futures Super Bowl betting pick during before the season began, the New Orleans have only won one game going into NFL week 5 betting action against another single win team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While the Saints (1–3) are coming off an embarrassing drubbing last weekend, the Buccaneers (1–3) finally found a way to get it done thanks to Mike Glennon’s late-game heroics.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) October 2, 2014
These two NFC South bottom dwellers are set to battle this Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Saints are going for a 10th consecutive win at the Superdome and sixth in a row against Tampa Bay as these division foes square off.
Date: Sunday, October 5th
Start time: 1 PM ET
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
TV info: FOX
Live stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Radio: SiriusXM Radio
NFL Point Spread: NO –10.5
NFL Money Line: NO –550
NFL Game Total: 48
Bucs Vs Saints NFL Week 5 Free Pick Analysis
The Buccaneers have put the NFL on alert following last Sunday’s last minute and very surprising 27–24 win at Pittsburgh. WB Mike Glennon made his first start of the season in place of the injured Josh McCown (thumb) and recorded a career-high 302 yards with two touchdowns, including a game-winning five-yard strike to Vincent Jackson with seven seconds remaining.
“You do judge quarterbacks on what they do late, and he was at his best at the end, right up until the last throw,” coach Lovie Smith said of Glennon, who started 13 games as a rookie last season.
“When you’re labeled the quarterback of the future, that’s what you’re supposed to do when you come out. The future was in front of us a little earlier than the initial plan, but you need to be ready at all times. How (Glennon) handled it right there at the end, having to make that final throw, kind of said it all.”
Glennon appears to have a favorable matchup against the Saints, who are one of two remaining teams yet to record an interception. New Orleans has forced an NFL-low one turnover after coming up empty in three straight games.
The Saints have been having one fo those seasons. They are giving up 396.0 yards per game to rank 29th in the league. They had the ball for just over 25 minutes in last Sunday night’s 38–17 rout at Dallas as the Cowboys went 8 for 14 on third down.
Only three teams have allowed more passing yards per game than New Orleans, which is tied with Tampa Bay at 272.5. However, the Buccaneers have been stout against the run, yielding 3.7 yards per carry to rank ninth in the league.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 2, 2014
Tampa Bay Vs New Orleans NFL Week 5 Free Prediction
Despite their struggles, luckily the Buccaneers and Saints are one game behind Atlanta and Carolina for the NFC South lead but by late Sunday afternoon i predict that the Saints will bust out of their early season funk.
Tampa Bay’s D has been torn apart by opposing quarterbacks this season, giving up a total completion percentage of 75.6%, along with 8 touchdowns against 0 interceptions. Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham will dominate a struggling Buccaneers secondary, leading the Saints to their 2nd victory in 5 games.
Tampa Bay has dropped three straight in New Orleans, including its last two by a combined 83–17 score.
NFL Week 5 Free Pick: New Orleans Saints 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17