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Saints vs Buccaneers Odds: 3 Best Bets, Picks for Monday Night Football

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Saints vs Buccaneers Odds

Monday, Dec. 5
8:15 p.m. ET
ESPN
Saints Odds +3.5 (-118)
Buccaneers Odds -3.5 (-104)
Moneyline +154 / -184
Over/Under 41.5 (-104 / -118)
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Saints vs Buccaneers Picks

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Buccaneers -3
Under 41.5
Taysom Hill Anytime Touchdown Scorer


Pick
Buccaneers -3.5
Best Book
Time
8:15 p.m. ET

John LanFranca: The Saints have not covered the spread on the road this entire season (0-5), and they have not won a true road game since Week 1 at Atlanta.

During the month of November, the New Orleans offense ranked 27th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA. Andy Dalton has also been an extremely profitable quarterback to fade in primetime games over the course of his career, covering just 36% of the time in his 25 spotlight games.

To make matters worse, the Saints running game has been non-existent, with Alvin Kamara averaging just 3.2 yards per carry since Week 8.

Despite the loss of offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs, I am optimistic about the Bucs offense moving forward. Chris Godwin is playing at an elite level again, which truly unlocks the ability of Tom Brady to negate the opposing team’s pass rush by making quick decisions.

The Bucs defense ranks seventh in DVOA over its last three games and is now taking on a lifeless Saints offense that has scored 10 total points in its last two road games.

Need a reason to back Brady? He’s 35-16 (68.6%) in his career against the spread coming off a loss.

Saints bettors will be wondering why they chose to side with Dalton in primetime against the GOAT on Monday Night. Lay the points with the Bucs. I’d bet this up to Buccaneers -4.


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Pick
Under 41.5
Best Book
Time
8:15 p.m. ET

Dylan Wilkerson: New Orleans and Tampa Bay both host lackluster offenses. The Saints’ quarterback issues have stalled their scoring, and Tom Brady has looked like a shell of himself this season. Both teams average less than two points per drive on offense and convert on third down less than 40% of the time.

While these offenses have struggled, both defenses have been great. These two NFC South teams are allowing less than 5.5 yards per play and less than seven yards per pass attempt. That’s news that both of these teams hate to hear, because neither of them have shown competencies in the run game offensively.

Both defenses are allowing less than two points per drive and less than a 40% conversion rate on third down. I did not copy and paste that from the first paragraph. Both offenses are that inept, and both defenses are that exceptional.

Another interesting tidbit that could matter with this primetime under: The Saints have the worst field goal percentage in the NFL at 73.9%.

This season, divisional under are 36-22 (62.1%), while primetime unders have hit at 53.8% this season. I am trusting these two defenses to keep it tight on the big stage in this divisional showdown.


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Pick
Taysom Hill Anytime Touchdown Scorer
Best Book
Time
8:15 p.m. ET

Ricky Henne: The Saints are a team in disarray. They’re averaging a meager 12.3 points per game over the last three weeks and have gone five straight quarters without a touchdown. But someone has to finally find pay dirt for them eventually, right?

Well, let’s take a shot on Taysom Hill since he offers the best bang for your buck.


Pick: Taysom Hill Anytime Touchdown Scorer +360


I like Hill’s chances as a red-zone weapon tonight since New Orleans will be without tight end Juwan Johnson. He isn’t exactly a household name, but Johnson’s four touchdown catches inside the 20-yard line are tied for eighth in the NFL.

Meanwhile, Alvin Kamara is in the midst of a forgettable season and has been particularly terrible in the red zone. He’s averaging 1.7 yards on 15 carries with only one touchdown and is also fresh off a disastrous game in which he had two fumbles, including one at the 1-yard line.

For those reasons, New Orleans may look to get the ball in Hill’s hands more near the goal line. The jack of all trades started out like gangbusters, scoring five touchdowns in the Saints’ first four games. He’s cooled considerably since then, getting into the end zone just once in his last seven games.

Still, Hill has a favorable matchup against a Tampa Bay defense that allows teams to score 63.3% of the time in the red zone. That’s the eighth-worst mark in the league.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a deep dart throw, you may want to take a long look at Adam Trautman. He figures to replace Johnson at tight end, which is a position Andy Dalton has targeted plenty in the red zone. He’s got reliable hands as well, catching 14-of-16 passes thrown his way (87.5%).

I’ll probably throw a tiny bit on Trautman for those reasons, but my main focus is clearly Hill. While I’m not entirely sold on a Hill anytime touchdown, the potential payout is high enough for me to give it a try.


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