A really fun week one game takes us to Louisiana when the new tooled Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) visit the high-flying New Orleans Saints (0-0) on Sunday, September 13, 2020. New Orleans had a disappointing end to 2019 and Tampa Bay fans saw a fun, but frustrating, team miss the playoffs once again. This game will air live on FOX at 4:25 p.m. EST.
Tampa Bay finished third in the NFC South, at 7-9, but could have much better if they had a QB that didn’t throw 30 interceptions. The Buccaneers were a confusing team as they could have won three or four more games, but also had bad losses to the Giants, Panthers, and Falcons. 2019 was a weird year that Bucs fans probably won’t want to relive again any time soon.
New Orleans had a fantastic regular season, finishing atop the NFC South at 13-3, but as recent memory would tell us, they had a disappointing exit in the playoffs. The Saints hosted the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card round and ended up losing 26-20 in overtime. It was just another disappointing playoff performance for Drew Brees and Sean Payton. New Orleans ha weird regular season losses to Los Angeles, though Drew Brees did get hurt in this game, and Atlanta, but did have an impressive win over Seattle.
Below is my best bet for Week 1 action between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints. All lines are from BetMGM Sportsbook.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-3.5): O/U 49.5 (-115/-105)
Tampa Bay certainly won the offseason but it remains to be seen if the moves will work out. The Bucs signed Tom Brady, brought Rob Gronkowski out of retirement, and signed Joe Haeg. Tampa resigned Jason Pierre-Paul and franchised Shaq Barrett. The Buccaneers did lose Jameis Winston, Breshad Perrinam, Ndamukong Suh, Carl Nassib and Beau Allen.
New Orleans had some nice offseason pickups as they brought in Malcolm Jenkins, Emmanuel Sanders, Ty Montgomery, James Hurst, and Jameis Winston. The Saints did lose some talent as Vonn Bell, Eli Apple, A.J. Klein, and Larry Warford are all in new places for 2020.
Series History: New Orleans has won three straight meetings between these two and now leads the all-time series 35-21.
Free NFL Picks: I like Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3.5 in this one.
2019-2020 NFL Season: 80-59-3