New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Bucaneers Week 2 NFL Pick
If watching the Saints last week taught us anything, it's that there is a clear correlation between the success of the team and the presence of head coach Sean Payton. Widely regarded as the best coach in the game (especially on the offensive side of the ball), Payton's return to the Saints sideline was certainly a welcomed sight for Saints fans and Drew Brees alike.
Brees threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns against Atlanta last week, spreading the ball around to his wealth of quality receivers. Darren Sproles, Kenny Stills, and Marques Colston all pulled in over 65 yards in receiving, while Jimmy Graham contributed with 4 catches, including one for a touchdown. The Saints are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against Tampa Bay, while outscoring them on average 27-17 during those 10 games.
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If watching the Bucs last week taught us anything, it is that there is a clear disconnect between Quarterback Josh Freeman and coach Greg Schiano. Not only did the Bucs offense sputter for most of the game against the Jets, news has come out this week that Freeman slept through a team function, and thus is on the hot seat with the Head Coach. Freeman threw for just 210 yards last Sunday, and only one touchdown. The lone bright spot for the Bucs was Vincent Jackson , who pulled in 154 yards receiving on the day, and almost broke free for a touchdown late, but was tripped up and the Bucs offense had to settle for a field goal.
My Pick - SAINTS -3.5 (-105) 5 Dimes
You can expect a better game this week from Running back Doug Martin who ran for 65 yards against the Jets, however I don't think the Bucs offense can keep up with that of the Saints. Furthermore, the Bucs are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 against New Orleans.
Take the Saints to cover the spread on Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay.