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Buccaneers Saints Betting Tips – Saints Set Tampa Back in Playoff Hunt

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/11/2012 5:49:48 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints – Sunday December 16, 2012 1:00PM EST

The sportsbook experts have pretty much closed the playoff books on the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But both teams are proud organizations that have to play under the notion that anything can happen and, until they are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, both teams will be playing hard. The Saints are also playing for pride. New Orleans has a chance to finish 8-8 in a season where absolutely no one gave the team a chance at doing anything of substance. While a .500 record is not impressive by previous New Orleans standards, it will still show the heart of this organization and its desire to win.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cannot get down about this season. The football betting experts still feel that Tampa can finish the season .500 or better, which would be a significant improvement over last season. The Bucs still have several large holes to fill in on defense before it can really be a playoff caliber team. But, for now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to finish the 2012 season on a positive note and then carry that momentum into the 2013 season. The future is still very bright in Tampa Bay.

Why the Saints Will Win

The Saints will make no secret about how it plans to win this game. From the opening drive, the Saints will look to score touchdowns and turn this game into a shootout. The betting sites figure that, considering how poorly the Saints’ defense is playing, the only thing New Orleans has left is Drew Brees and the offense. But if New Orleans is going to be successful at turning this game into a shootout, then Drew Brees needs to stop throwing interceptions. For some reason, the future hall of famer has been bitten by the turnover bug the past few games and it has cost his team dearly. Brees is better than that and he will figure it out in time for this game.

Why the Buccaneers Will Win

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be young, but this is a team that is equipped to get into a shootout with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Josh Freeman and wide receiver Vincent Jackson have developed a chemistry that will prove to be important for the Bucs in the coming years. Rookie running back Doug Martin is an unexpected surprise that helps make the Bucs’ offense even more potent. If the Tampa defense can hold down Brees’ scoring, then Tampa could win this game.

The Bottom Line

New Orleans is a proud team that has been through a lot this season. All the Saints want to do is finish the year in a way that gives hope for next season. In order for New Orleans to finish 8-8, it needs to win its last three games of the year. That streak starts here with the Buccaneers.

Pick: New Orleans Saints


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