Buccaneers vs. Saints Final Score Prediction
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints will clash in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday afternoon to open up their respective 2020 seasons.
The Buccaneers -who come into the game as a 3.5-point underdog- will be led by six-time Super Bowl winning QB Tom Brady and will be looking to prove to the world from the get-go that they are legitimate competitors coming into this season.
The Saints, on the other hand, have already proven to be legitimate competitors. New Orleans is led by veteran QB Drew Brees and are one of the favorites in Super Bowl odds heading into the fall.
How does it all play out? Here’s our final analysis and scoring prediction for the match-up.
How does the Buccaneers vs. Saints game play out Sunday afternoon?
If you take the two teams and break them down by position, you’ll find that there are some major facets of this game that will go in favor of the Saints.
The Saints certainly have more depth and they only improved this offseason with some of their additions and developments, especially defensively. New Orleans has one of the best QB-RB-WR trios in the league and there’s a reason that they’re considered a favorite to get to the Super Bowl.
All of that being said, there’s a renewed confidence surrounding this Buccaneers team unlike anything we’ve seen in the recent past.
Tom Brady has been working as hard as we’ve seen work in an offseason in quite some time and he has weapons all around him. The availability of Mike Evans, honestly, could be the difference between a win and a loss.
While I want to take Tampa Bay and believe there are a lot of reasons to do so, ultimately I need to see it on the field first before I’m ready to declare this team a legitimate Super Bowl threat- which is exactly what they’ll be if they beat the Saints in New Orleans to open the season.
This one is close, but I’ll still go with the proven team- especially in a year with no OTAs or preseason games- to start the year.
I hope I’m wrong…
Final Score Prediction: New Orleans Saints 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31
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