Tampa Bay Bucs at New Orleans Saints
Current line: New Orleans -2.5. Total is 52.5
These two teams met twice this season and New Orleans won both games outscoring Tampa 72-26. Week 1 here at dome they won 34-23 and then on November 8th, it was a blowout 38-3. So one wonders why is the line only 3 with two convincing wins by the Bucs? Well, the answer is Tom Brady.
In the last five games, Brady had thrown 15 touchdown passes and just 1 INT. In last week’s Wildcard win at Washington, the Bucs had 507 yards of Total Offense vs. one of the better defensive teams in the Washington Football Team. Tampa comes in with a five-game winning streak and just may be peaking at the right time.
New Orleans is coming off a dominating playoff win last week over the Chicago Bears 21-9, it wasn’t that close. QB Brees was banged up midway through the season but now seems 100% and has most of his team healthy as well. Most notable is WR Michael Thomas who led the league last year in receptions but was plagued with ankle injuries most of the season this year.
“No doubt the NFL saved the best matchup of the weekend for last,” Wiz said. “This game is certainly the most intriguing with the league’s two top passers of all time and most likely the last time these two future Hall of Famers face each other.”
Wiz said it has been rumored this can be Brees’ final year before retirement but anything is possible.
“Brees has the edge in passing yards but Brady has the edge in passing touchdowns and of course the all-important Super Bowl rings,” he said. “This one will be closer than the first two meetings and it could come down to who has the ball last.
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