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Buccaneers Saints Betting – Saints Chances To Clinch NFC South Still Alive

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/29/2010 11:38:21 AM
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The New Orleans Saints kept their hopes of clinching the NFC South alive last week with a 17-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons, keeping them within one game of the lead heading in to their season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints and Falcons are a combined 11-3 at home this year, and that is plenty of motivation to clinch home-field advantage.

NFL Betting: Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints

Online Sports Betting Odds: New Orleans – 7.5

New Orleans will be playing a Buccaneers’ team that has taken advantage of a relatively weak schedule to climb to 9-6, but one that will need a victory in their season finale in order to clinch one of the two NFC Wild Card spots.

Why To Bet On The Buccaneers

Tampa Bay has actually been better on the road (5-2) than they’ve been at home (4-4) this season, and after a big win over the Seattle Seahawks last week they do have a chance against the defending Super Bowl champions. The Buccaneers have actually gotten better as the season has gone on with the confidence that comes with winning games, particularly on offense where their seventh-ranked rushing attack has led the way.

Tampa Bay has averaged 127.8 yards per game on the ground this season, in big part due to rookie sensation LaGarrette Blount. Blount leads the team with 941 yards and six touchdowns this season, including the 164 yards he ran for in a 38-15 win over the Seahawks. The Buccaneers are ranked sixth in the league against the pass, but a big part of that is opponents choosing to run the ball against one of the worst defenses at stopping the rush. New Orleans favors the pass, and their running game may not be strong enough to move the ball with consistency.

Why To Bet On The Saints

New Orleans pummeled the Buccaneers the first time these teams met with a 31-6 victory at Raymond James Stadium, and with a possible first round bye and home field advantage on the line, there is no reason to think that they won’t do it again. The Saints have won seven of their last eight and their lone loss to a division opponent came against the Falcons after kicker John Carney missed a wide-open chip shot that would have sealed the game. New Orleans will stack the football betting box to slow down Blount, and there isn’t much beyond that for the Tampa Bay offense. Quarterback Drew Brees seems to play his best in the biggest games, which could mean trouble for the league’s 28th-ranked pass defense.

How The Game Will Play Out

The Saints will take to the air early and often in an effort to gain an early lead and force the Buccaneers in to doing the same. That won’t work for a Tampa Bay team that has struggled to move the ball through the air all season, and Brees and company will make them pay. The Buccaneers have benefited from a soft schedule all season, but they won’t have their way against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Buccaneers Saints Betting Pick: Saints


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