Get ready for points as the New Orleans Saints (10-2) take their 2nd-ranked offense to Raymond James Stadium to do battle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ (5-7) 10th-ranked offense in Week 14 (December 9, 2018 at 1:00pm EST). Online sports betting sites have set the game total at a healthy 55.5, with the Saints opening as 8.0-point favorites.
New Orleans’ offense has resembled a well-oiled machine. They average 127.4 rushing yards per game (9th), and 269.2 through the air (11th). The Saints ability to attack in multiple ways has led to many trips to the endzone, as they are scoring 34.9 points per game (2nd).
Drew Brees has been phenomenal under center for New Orleans this season. He’s completing 75.5% of his passes while totaling 3,262 yards and 30 touchdowns, with just 3 interceptions – a 123.2 passer rating. Brees will be eager to get back on the field and make up for his lousy performance against the Cowboys last week, where only managed to throw for 127 yards. Meanwhile, Alvin Kamara has led the way in the backfield, totaling 742 yards and 11 TDs on the ground.
New Orleans’s defense prides themselves on stopping the run. They only cede 75.4 yards per game on the ground (1st), compared to 279.3 through the air (30th). The Saints’ stinginess against the run has led to them allowing just 22.4 points per game (13th).
New Orleans’s defense is in tough this week against a Tampa Bay offense that looks nearly unstoppable. Thanks to a prolific aerial attack, the Buccaneers are scoring 26.5 PPG (10th). Since taking the starting role back from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jameis Winston has been remarkably solid for Tampa Bay. He’s thrown for 561 yards and 4 TDs in two straight wins. Most importantly, he hasn’t thrown a single interception after tossing 11 in his first five starts of the season.
Winston wouldn’t want all the credit, though, as Mike Evans and the rest of his receivers have been great. His favorite target has brought in 66 passes for 1,121 receiving yards (3rd) and five TDs this season. The Buccaneers have needed this kind of production from the passing game, as they have struggled to run the ball efficiently. Led by Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay averages an awful 3.9 yards per carry (30th in the league).
The Buccaneers defense doesn’t provide much help. They’re surrendering a dreadful 29.6 points per game, the third-most in the league. This is a result of not being able to stop anything. Tampa Bay gives up 121.0 rushing yards per game (21st) and 274.4 passing (28th). It seems there will be plenty of touchdowns to go around for both Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara this week.
The last time these two teams played was in Week 1 (September 9th), when Tampa Bay upset New Orleans, 48-40. The Saints served as the favorite in that game, too, laying 10.0 points.