Saints vs. Buccaneers Odds & Playoff Schedule: Opening Spread, Total & More Divisional Round Details
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Buccaneers vs. Saints Odds
Buccaneers vs. Saints Playoff Projections
Sean Koerner, one of the experts who powers our NFL PRO Projections, used his power ratings to project an early spread and total.
- Spread: Saints -2.5
- Total: 52.5
Buccaneers vs. Saints Player Ratings
Sean Koerner, our Director of Predictive Analytics, uses his player projections to calculate the most valuable players on each team based on their worth to the spread. Find his ratings below or read his full analysis here.
How Tampa Bay Reached the Divisional Round
- Wild Card Round: Beat Washington, 31-23
- Regular-Season Record: 11-5
Tommy Stokke: In case you missed it, Tom Brady is on the Bucs.
He brought Rob Gronkowski and, eventually, Antonio Brown with him. And with Brady comes postseason play.
The experiment with Brady has mostly worked, although there have been enough iffy moments for Monday-morning talk shows to propose a loser-leaves-town cage match between Brady and head coach Bruce Arians.
Still, Tampa Bay throws the ball more often than all but two teams in the NFL, so a playoff run rests on Brady’s right arm. If the Bucs’ defense can stay stingy — it ranks seventh in points allowed — the 43-year-old’s job gets a little easier.
How New Orleans Reached the Divisional Round
- Wild Card Round: Bye
- Regular-Season Record: 13-3
Stokke: How did they get here?
Drew Brees looks every bit his age. Taysom Hill started four games. Michael Thomas has 109 fewer catches than a season ago.
Still, the Saints carried on in 2020 with another NFC South title and home playoff game. Make that four years in a row with those feats for Brees, Sean Payton and Co.