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NFL Odds & Weather Forecast for Sunday Night Football: Rain & Strong Winds Expected During Saints-Bucs

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  • Mother Nature is ready to make a impact in an important NFC South battle tonight.
  • Wind and rain are expected to occur when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football.
  • PJ Walsh breaks down what this means for bettors below.

NFL Odds: Saints vs. Buccaneers

Saints Odds +4.5
Buccaneers Odds -4.5
Over/Under 50.5
PRO Projections Bucs -3.7 | O/U: 52.7
Time/Channel  8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

Weather matters in the NFL. While the effect of precipitation — especially snow — on scoring is often overrated, wind is what bettors should really take note of when it’s in the forecast.

Think about it — windy conditions make completing passes more difficult, specifically on downfield passes that result in quick scoring drives. Additionally, gusty breezes also affect kicking games, which can take even more points off the board.

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With this mind, current Saints vs. Buccaneers weather forecasts are calling for strong winds at Raymond James Stadium for Sunday Night Football. So, let’s examine what this means and how savvy sports bettors can take advantage.

Saints vs. Buccaneers Weather Forecast

The National Weather Service expects 22 mph breezes, with gusts up to 29 mph, in Tampa on Sunday night, which is extremely significant for NFL bettors.

Since 2003, 55.5% of NFL games played in double-digit winds have finished under the closing total.

Showers and potentially thunderstorms are also in the forecast, with a 70% chance of precipitation falling tonight in Tampa.

Sports Insights’ weather data shows the Saints vs. Buccaneers weather forecast in more detail, with 18 mph winds blowing steadily throughout the game.

The betting market has taken note as well, with the Saints vs. Buccaneers over/under dropping from 54.5 to 50.5 (click here for live NFL odds).

Assuming this forecast holds, don’t be surprised to see the total continue to fall from now through kickoff.

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