Saints at Buccaneers NFL Week 14 Spread & Prediction

Saints at Buccaneers NFL Week 14 Spread & Prediction

Written by on December 4, 2018

With just 4 weeks left in the NFL regular season, we have a number of teams that are sitting on the very brink of elimination. For many of those teams, this could be the weekend when their playoff dreams finally come to an end, essentially putting them and their fans out of their misery. There is no way back for most of these teams at this point, even with a win this weekend, which means that it’s now all about playing the role of spoiler. It has been a disappointing year for the Buccaneers, and all they really have left at this point is the spoiler role.

The Saints are heading into the playoffs, but they are all about getting the #1 seeding in the NFC so that they can nab home field advantage during the playoffs. Given how well the Rams are going now, one more loss may kill that dream for the Saints. New Orleans is in as an 8 ½ point favorite, with the point total for this one set at 56. 

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Weather Forecast

  • Thunderstorm: 22°C/71°F
  • Humidity: 94%
  • Precipitation: 82%
  • Cloud Cover: 98%
  • Wind: 11 mph WSW
  • Stadium Type: Open

Why bet on the New Orleans Saints?

The Saints are going to be a team on a mission after seeing their 10-game winning streak come to an end against the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday night. The #1 seed is now no longer in their control, as they need to hope that the Rams drop one more game than they do in the final 4 weeks of the season. For now, it’s all about getting back to winning ways and securing the bye in the opening round of the playoffs.

Despite the point spreads, this is by no means a slam dunk, as the Bucs are the only other team to have beaten the Saints this season. The Saints have won 4 of their last 6 games in Tampa, but they have covered the spread just once in their last 5 on the road at the Bucs. That said, they are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 34.92
  • Total Yards: 396.59
  • Rush Yards: 127.42
  • Passing Yards: 269.17
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 22.42
  • Total Yards: 354.67
  • Rush Yards: 75.42
  • Passing Yards: 279.25

Why bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

After going through a 4-game losing skid where they couldn’t settle on a starting QB, the Bucs are now on a modest 2-game winning run. They took out the 49ers a couple of weeks ago, which was no real surprise, but they dealt a lethal blow to the Carolina Panthers in a 24-17 win over the weekend. The defense has been stout over the past 2 weeks, giving up a combined 26 points in those two victories.

Saints at Buccaneers should be a tough one for the home team.

They are going to need to be tough again on Sunday against a Saints offense that will be looking to make amends for their poor showing in the loss to the Cowboys. The Buccaneers have now also covered the spread in each of their last 3 games, so they might just be able to keep this one close.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 26.50
  • Total Yards: 442.83
  • Rush Yards: 98.33
  • Passing Yards: 344.50
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 29.58
  • Total Yards: 395.33
  • Rush Yards: 121.00
  • Passing Yards: 274.33

Saints at Buccaneers NFL Week 14 Betting Trends

  • New Orleans is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
  • New Orleans is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Tampa Bay is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Tampa Bay’s last 13 games

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Saints at Buccaneers

The loss that the Saints took last week probably came at a good time, as it will serve as a wake-up call that lets them know that they can’t just stroll to the finish line. I think they bounce back in a big way here.

Score: New Orleans Saints 33 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21
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