Buccaneers: Analyzing potential changes in the point spread
By Brian DeFeo
Week Nine Tampa Bay Bucs at New Orleans Saints
Vegas Spread: Saints (-1.5)
Another division game after not having one for the entire first half, the Bucs travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The New Orleans Saints have had a tough time containing anybody on defense over the past few seasons. However they still have the offense to compete with anyone in the league. The Saints traded away Brandin Cooks to the Patriots for the ability to draft Ryan Ramczyk and Trey Hendrickson.
They believe Michael Thomas and Willie Snead are a good enough combination at wide out but they really addressed the running game. Adding Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara with Mark Ingram give them a fearsome threesome behind Drew Brees. Don’t sleep on Brees by the way. As bad as the Saints were last year, he still completed 70% of his passes.
The Bucs however have improved their offense to keep up with the Saints, no matter how good their defense is. Home field advantage isn’t what it once was in New Orleans but they still have a slight edge in my opinion. Brees is just that much better at home than he is on the road.