A usually fierce rivalry has been tempered this season due to the fact that neither Tampa nor New Orleans has much shot of winning the NFC. The Buccaneers, although they lead the NFC South, is a game under .500. New Orleans is three games below .500. Which teams gets it done in an intriguing although less meaningful match than in past seasons? Check out NFL Lines, analysis, and a pick for Monday night’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus New Orleans Saints game.
NFL Week 13 Betting Preview for New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay
New Orleans vs Tampa Bay Lines and Match Info
- When: Monday, Dec. 5 at 8:15 pm ET
- Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
- TV / Streaming: ESPN / ESPN+
- ATS Odds: Tampa Bay -3.5
- Money line Odds: New Orleans +155 / Tampa Bay -191
- Over/Under Odds: 40.5
Why bet on New Orleans versus Tampa Bay?
For the first time in a long time, the Saints’ offensive line appears close to one-hundred percent. Erik McCoy, the starting center, is on IR but first round rookie Trevor Penning is healthy. So is guard Andrus Peat, Josh Andrews, who will play center, and the right side of the line, tackle Ryan Ramczyk and guard Cesar Ruiz.
New Orleans Saints Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 347.3
- Passing Yards: 234.1
- Rushing Yards: 113.2
- Points Scored: 20.8
- Turnovers: 21
New Orleans Saints Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 326.4
- Passing Yards: 197.3
- Rushing Yards: 129.1
- Points Scored: 23.3
- Takeaways: 6
Why bet on Tampa Bay versus New Orleans?
This is a rivalry game and in rivalry games, Tom Brady usually steps it up. Also, the Buccaneers know they had the game won versus the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.
All Tampa had to do was close the deal. Tampa’s defense has pride. So we should expect the Buccaneers’ D to give Brady a hand versus their top rival in the division after blowing the game in NFL Week 12.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 339.1
- Passing Yards: 266.1
- Rushing Yards: 73.01
- Points Scored: 18.2
- Turnovers: 9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 315.2
- Passing Yards: 192.0
- Rushing Yards: 123.2
- Points Scored: 18.5
- Takeaways: 11
Saints at Buccaneers Relevant Trends
- Saints are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 on the road
- New Orleans is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 on a Monday night
- Under is 4-1 in the Saints’ last 5 games
- Buccaneers are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games
- Tampa Bay is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings at home
- Under is 15-3 in the Buccaneers’ last 18 games versus the NFC
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Final Betting Prediction
Even though New Orleans is in last place in the NFC South, the Saints are just 2 games below the Buccaneers. New Orleans could climb to 5-8 on Monday night while the Bucs could drop to 5-7.
Also, although both teams have plenty of injuries, Tampa’s injuries are more impactful. Both starting safeties, Antoine Winfield Jr. and Mike Edwards, list as doubtful.
Nose tackle Vita Vea, the Buccaneers’ sack leader is listed as questionable. So is starting left defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and right tackle Tristan Wirfs, an all-pro, is out.
Neither team is having a great season. But in this specific game, the Saints, who are 4-0 in the lats 4 meetings in Tampa, gets the nod. The Bucs will struggle to prevent the Saints passing attack from moving the football. Give New Orleans the edge to win this straight up.
NFL Week 13 Pick: New Orleans +155