December 28, 2013

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints: Preview and Pick

In the middle of this season, the New Orleans Saints looked like a lock to make it to the playoffs. After a last second loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Saints are in a must win spot if they have any hopes of making the post season. They host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season finale and hope that a home game will be the cure they need for their recent losing woes.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints Preview

The NFL odds for this game opened up with the Saints listed as (-12.5) point favorites. The Saints need this game while the Buccaneers are just playing spoiler. The betting public realizes that the Saints are a better team at home and have a reason to show up for this game so over 76 percent of the early wagering is backing the home team. This betting line has yet to move, but it could grow as the kickoff approaches.

The Buccaneers will be playing for their head coach in this game if they hope to keep him around. After trending upward briefly, coach Greg Schiano has lost his past two games. His team is 4-11. If Schiano closes out the season by losing his final three games, it’s hard to imagine the Bucs keeping him around. The Bucs do have some bright points as Gerald McCoy has a chance to join some elite company. He now has nine sacks on the season. If he can add one more in the season finale at New Orleans, he’ll join Warren Sapp (three times) and Santana Dotson as the only defensive tackles in franchise history to reach double-digit sacks in a season.

The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that the Saints have the edge playing in the dome. New Orleans is 5-0 straight up in its last 5 games at home and New Orleans is 6-0-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last 7 games at home. Tampa Bay is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road and the total has gone under in 9 of Tampa Bay’s last 10 games when playing New Orleans. Overall, Tampa Bay is 7-14 straight up in its last 21 games when playing on the road against New Orleans and just 5-16 straight up in its last 21 games. Despite that poor showing New Orleans is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay. New Orleans is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games and Tampa Bay is 7-13-1 ATS in its last 21 games.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints Pick

With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check the forum during the week and on the day of the game to get the latest and most up to date information on the game.

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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