NFL Week 2 Game Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers At New Orleans Saints

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on September 17, 2022
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 18. Primary markets for the game show the Bucs as spread favorites and on the moneyline. The point total is set at . Read on for a full analysis of Bucs – Saints odds.

In this article, we break down everything you need to know before placing a bet on the game, including team matchups, key metrics, weather and the best available NFL Week 2 odds. Click on the odds anywhere in this post to bet now.

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Bucs At Saints Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under

When using the odds table, click the dropdown menu and select the type of bet you wish to make. 

Betting the point spread is when you wager on how many points a team will win or lose by. A plus sign in front of the spread denotes the underdog, and a minus sign denotes the favorite.

In this case, the Bucs would have to win by at least three points if you bet them to cover the point spread (-3) — although that would only get your money back since they didn’t beat the spread. A spread bet on the Saints would win if they win the game or lose by one or two points. 

Betting the moneyline is simply betting on which particular team will win a game.

The betting total is the number of combined points the two teams will score. Bettors can choose to bet the over or under on how many total points will be scored in the game. 

Bucs At Saints Player Props

In the props tool search bar, type in a team or player and hit enter. You’ll see the various proposition bets offered by leading online sportsbooks. 

This is a valuable tool that allows bettors to compare odds and stats when considering a prop bet. Unlike bigger markets like moneylines and spreads that often reach a consensus number, shopping for prop bet lines can often reveal sizable differences in the numbers.

Bucs and Saints betting news & angles

Use this rolling, updating list of news bites about each team to help your handicapping for Bucs – Saints odds.

Bucs At Saints injury report

PlayerPositionInjuryWedThuFriGame Status
Tom BradyQBNot injury related - restDNPFPFP(-)
Mike EvansWRCalfLPDNPLPQuestionable
Leonard FournetteRBHamstringLPLPLPQuestionable
Russell GageWRHamstringDNPLPLPQuestionable
Chris GodwinWRHamstringDNPDNPDNPOut
Julio JonesWRKneeDNPDNPLPQuestionable
Zyon McCollumCBHamstringDNPLPLPDoubtful
Breshad PerrimanWRKneeLPLPLPQuestionable
Donovan SmithOTElbowDNPDNPDNPDoubtful
Tristan WirfsOTAbdomenLPLPLPQuestionable
Lavonte DavidILBNot injury related - rest(-)(-)DNP(-)
Akiem HicksDENot injury related - rest(-)(-)DNP(-)
Cameron JordanDEHipLPLPFPUnspecified
Alvin KamaraRBRibLPDNPDNPQuestionable
Marcus MayeSAnkleLPFPFPUnspecified
Tre'Quan SmithWRShoulderLPLPLPQuestionable
Dwayne WashingtonRBHamstringLPLPLPQuestionable
Jameis WinstonQBBackLPLPLPQuestionable
Landon YoungOTHipLPLPFPUnspecified
Mark IngramRBAnkleLPLPLPQuestionable
Alontae TaylorCBHipLPLPLPQuestionable
Paulson AdeboCBAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut

Additional Bucs injuries

Originally projected starters C Ryan Jensen and G Aaron Stinnie remain out on IR.

Bucs offense vs. Saints defense

Bucs OStats (Rank)Saints D
19 (22)Points/Gm26 (25)
0.306 (22)Points/Play0.366 (21)
347 (18)Yards/Gm416 (27)
195 (22)Pass Yards/Gm215 (15)
152 (8)Rush Yards/Gm201 (29)
5.6 (14)Yards/Play5.9 (23)
7.2 (12)Yards/Pass6.5 (16)
4.6 (17)Yards/Rush5.3 (25)
35.71 (20)3rd Down %38.46 (15)
33.33 (24)Red Zone TD %50 (12)
1 (8)Turnovers/Gm2 (7)
6.9 (20)QB Sacked %0 (30)

Saints offense vs Bucs defense

Saints OStats (Rank)Bucs D
27 (6)Points/Gm3 (1)
0.474 (6)Points/Play0.047 (1)
385 (12)Yards/Gm244 (3)
234 (15)Pass Yards/Gm173 (5)
151 (9)Rush Yards/Gm71 (6)
6.8 (5)Yards/Play3.8 (3)
6.9 (15)Yards/Pass4.1 (2)
7.9 (1)Yards/Rush3.9 (13)
30.77 (24)3rd Down %20 (2)
100 (1)Red Zone TD %N/A
1 (8)Turnovers/Gm1 (14)
10.53 (26)QB Sacked %8.7 (9)

Bucs At Saints betting insights

Why the Bucs can cover the spread

Jameis Winston had a shaky Week 1 behind an offensive line that no longer looks like one of the league’s best. He took too many sacks (four) and allowing more than 200 rushing yards to the Falcons is simply stunning. While Tom Brady struggled to get into a rhythm in Week 1, the Bucs offensive line gashed the Cowboys run D frequently, and the Saints have to step up big this week to avoid a similar fate.

Why The Saints can cover the spread

They have dominated Brady since he entered the division, with back-to-back regular season sweeps. The defense seems likely to shape up as there’s still plenty of talent here, and the Bucs may be without critical pieces in WR Chris Godwin and LT Donovan Smith. And Winston and Michael Thomas seemed to find some rapport in the second half with two touchdown hook-ups, a promising sign going forward.

Reasons to bet the over

The number looks pretty low for two capable offenses operating inside a dome. Kamara and Thomas should improve their outputs for the Saints.

Reasons to bet the under

Tampa Bay looks more run-heavy this year, and frequent passing has not worked for them at all in the past against the Saints, as protecting Brady has proven difficult. The offensive line looks worse in 2022. But, the Bucs D also completely dominated the Cowboys.

Bucs At Saints matchups to watch for

Bucs Interior OL Vs. Saints DL

Because Brady can’t move, interior pressure causes him more problems than rushes from the outside. The Saints have excelled in this area, sacking Brady 13 times across their four wins the past two seasons. The Bucs have a backup center and a rookie among their three interior linemen. If the Saints dominate these matchups, Tampa will have a long night.

Marshon Lattimore Vs. Mike Evans

With Chris Godwin on the mend, a lot of Tampa’s receiving workload ostensibly falls on Evans. Problem is, Lattimore has historically dominated Evans to a comical degree. Does this mean another big target day for Julio Jones, who looked surprisingly spry in Week 1 after two years of barely having a pulse?

Alvin Kamara Vs. Bucs LBs

Kamara has historically excelled as a receiving threat, but Jameis Winston prefers to push the ball downfield, and Kamara had just 3 receptions for 7 yards in the opener. It would behoove Winston to utilize this resource more against the Bucs, whose linebackers bring a mixed bag of coverage skills. Lavonte David has been a boon in coverage, but Devin White can often find himself out of position despite his tremendous speed.

Final thoughts

There seems to be something to the Saints’ dominance over Brady recently. They bring a more physical, aggressive brand of defense and challenge the Tampa receivers to beat tighter man coverage. Brady getting blanked last season was a shocker. Without Godwin and having Evans locked up by Lattimore, it’s hard to see how the Bucs can move the ball consistently unless they can replicate Atlanta’s rushing success. I’m worried about the Saints offense, but I think +3 is too many points here at home in a good matchup.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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