Buccaneers-Saints Betting Preview: Will Brees & Co. Burn Bettors as Big Favorites?
Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9).
Betting odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
- Spread: Saints -10
- Over/Under: 49.5
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- TV channel: FOX
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Trends to know: The Saints are Week 1’s biggest favorite. Since 1993, the biggest favorites on opening weekend of the NFL season have burned bettors, going 12-22 against the spread (35%). (More than one team closed with the same spread some years.)
All teams favored by more than a touchdown in Week 1 over that same span are 19-36 ATS (35%). — John Ewing
Did you know? Ryan Fitzpatrick made his first start in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams in 2005. He’s struggled as an underdog since then, going 28-41-5 ATS (-14.2 units), making him the least profitable QB as an underdog in the NFL. — Evan Abrams
Injury watch: The Bucs likely won’t have first-round defensive tackle Vita Vea (calf), but left tackle Donovan Smith (knee) at least has a chance to suit up after a worrisome initial diagnosis back in August.
Fitzpatrick will run the offense during Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension.
The Saints could be without starting guard Andrus Peat (quad) in addition to suspended running back Mark Ingram, but they’re largely healthy elsewhere on the roster. — Ian Hartitz
DFS edge: It’s not hyperbole to say Drew Brees and Michael Thomas are the most efficient QB-WR combo in the league.
They have connected on a ridiculous 72.6% of targets over the past two seasons — the highest rate over the past 25 years (minimum 150 targets).
Thomas has been particularly dominant against divisional rivals, averaging an additional 3.2 DraftKings points per game with a +5.1 Plus/Minus and 66% Consistency Rating in 12 games against the NFC South. — Hartitz
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