New Orleans Saints will take on Tampa Bay Bucaneers in Sunday’s afternoon action of the NFL 2021 Week 8. The hosts raised the level of their performances lately, winning three times on the previous four occasions. The away side is on a hot run, and they plan to continue in the same fashion.
New Orleans returns home after playing twice in a row on the road and booking two victories. The home side wants to keep up where it left off, but they have defending champions as the next rival. On the other hand, Tampa Bay is on a four-match winning streak, and they look forward to keeping the opponents under control. The visitors are full of confidence, and they want to build up on their latest comfortable win.
New Orleans Saints – Can they stun the defending champions?
The Saints enjoy a pretty good campaign, as they have suffered only two defeats so far. With a 4-2 record, they sit just behind their next opponent in the NFC South. New Orleans comes to this match after two straight games on the road, where they managed to beat Washington Football Team and the Seahawks. The Saints hope to continue this streak against the Bucks, although it is going to be very challenging.
This season, New Orleans quarterback Jameis Winston has thrown for 1,114 yards, with 13 TDs, and three interceptions, but completing only 58.9% of his passes. However, he hasn’t turned the ball over too many times so far. Alvin Kamara and Marquez Callaway generated 495 receiving yards and seven scores, while Deonte Harris had 12 catches. Kamara is the leading rusher with 419 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Demario Davis leads the stats with 48 total tackles, while Tanoh Kpassagnon sacked the opponent’s quarterbacks three times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Alvin Kamara, Marquez Callaway, Tre’Quan Smith, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Adam Trautman, Alex Armah, Terron Armstead, Calvin Throckmorton, Erik McCoy, Cesar Ruiz, Ryan Ramczyk
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Cameron Jordan, Christian Ringo, Shy Tuttle, Marcus Davenport, Kwon Alexander, Demario Davis, Andrew Dowell, Paulson Adebo, Malkolm Jenkins, Marcus Williams, Marshon Lattimore
Quarter Back: Jameis Winston
Kicker: Brian Johnson
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Will their winning streak continue?
The Buccaneers have been pretty confident so far, and they sit on the top of the NFC South with a 6-1 record. They celebrated four times in a row, and the latest victory came against the Bears at home when the Bucs allowed only three points to their rivals. Led by Tom Brady, Tampa Bay is still one of the most dominant teams in the offense in the NFL. The Bucs have been very good on the road this season, winning two of their last three games away from home.
Tom Brady has gone 2,275 yards through the air this season, with 21 touchdowns and three interceptions. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin generated 1,106 receiving yards with 10 TDs, while Antonio Brown has 29 grabs. Leonard Fournette is the leading rusher with 413 yards and four scores, while the Bucks have averaged 99.1 yards of the ground game per match. Tampa Bay has allowed 21 points and 332 yards per game to their rivals, while Devin White is the leading defender with 51 total tackles. Mike Edwards has a pair of interceptions, while Shaquill Barrett logged 5.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Jaelon Darden, O.J. Howard, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Ryan Jensen, Alex Cappa, Tristan Wirfs
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Ndamukong Suh, Vita Vea, William Gholston, Jason Pierre-Paul, Devin White, K.J. Britt, Shaquil Barrett, Jamel Dean, Antoine Winfield Jr., Jordan Whitehead, Pierre Desir
Quarter Back: Tom Brady
Kicker: Ryan Succop
Expert Pick #1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers -4.5 @-110
The Bucs’ explosive offense should drive them in this match as well, although the Saints have been pretty solid in the back. Rob Gronkowski might be back, which would make the visitors even stronger. I’ll back them to win and cover the number as my first pick for this clash.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 49 @-110
Tampa Bay hasn’t been too good in the defense, but their offensive potential is huge. New Orleans will certainly search for its chance to stun the defending champions, and we might see an interesting matchup on Sunday afternoon. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Buccaneers and Over 38.5 @-105
If you want to remove the spread margin and lower the totals boundary but preserve the odds, I have a pick for you. The Bucs to win in a match with over 38.5 points pays the same as the first two tips, and it might be a good choice.