Sunday, November 8, 2020, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, 8:20 p.m. ET
Saints at Buccaneers Betting Preview: Saints (+4.5/-110), Buccaneers (-4.5/-110)
New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is working his way through a right shoulder injury, and was limited at practice this week, but is expected to be at full strength for the matchup of elite quarterbacks. Brees threw for two touchdowns when the Saints earned a 34-23 victory over the Bucs in the season opener.
Brees isn’t the only one on the Saints with a nagging injury as running back Alvin Kamara has a bone bruise in his foot. He also is expected to play Sunday. Kamara had just 16 yards rushing on 12 carries in Week 1.
The Saints will get two wide receivers back on Sunday night. Michael Thomas last played in the first game against the Bucs because of ankle and hamstring issues. Emmanuel Sanders has returned after missing two games on the reserve-COVID-19 list.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady had two interceptions in the Week 1 loss to the Saints, but has thrown just two more since and none in the past four games. The veteran has eight TD passes in the last three games, all victories. And now he has a new target in veteran wideout Antonio Brown, who will be active for the first time with his new team.
Brady has an NFL record 561 TD passes, one more than Brees, and the career duel and the game duel figure to be one in the same Sunday.
Brady’s success on a new team at age 43 gets most of the attention, but the Tampa Bay defense enters Week 9 third in total yards allowed per game (299.5), third in sacks (28) and fourth in turnovers (six).
Saints at Buccaneers Betting Pick for Week 9
Brady has been a handful of late as he has found a flow with his new teammates. Brown might not be ready to take over in his first game in over a year, but his presence will keep the Saints’ defense honest.
Nagging injuries to Brees and Kamara aren’t expected to be a big deal, but they don’t help. The Tampa Bay defense should have plenty of confidence after keeping Kamara in check in Week 1.
Saints at Buccaneers Betting Pick:
Buccaneers 34, Saints 28
Saints at Buccaneers Best Bet for Week 9
It is a must-see quarterback matchup, on national television no less, with Brees and Brady ready to show that they know what to do with the spotlight. In the end, the Buccaneers defense will stand up and be a difference maker but look for the total to go over.
Saints at Buccaneers Best Bet: GAME OVER 51 (-114)