Saints Vs. Buccaneers Week 8 Betting Odds — NFC South Foes Clash

It’s an NFC South showdown at the Caesars Superdome Sunday afternoon when the New Orleans Saints host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX, 4:25 p.m. ET).

The Buccaneers (6-1 SU, 3-4 ATS) enter this matchup riding high on a four-game winning streak.  The Saints (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS) have some momentum themselves after winning back-to-back road games against the Washington Football Team and Seattle Seahawks.

In what should be an exciting and entertaining contest, let’s take a look at the sports betting preview for this one.

Saints Vs. Buccaneers Betting Odds

The Saints were catching 5.5 points on DraftKings and up to six points on FanDuel on Thursday afternoon. As of Friday morning, though, most sportsbooks have the Saints listed as 4.5-point underdogs.

The chart below shows the current odds for this matchup on notable sportsbooks across the country.

 SaintsBuccaneersSaints Money LineBuccaneers Money LineTotal
DraftKings+4.5 (-110)-4.5 (-110)+175-21050.5 (OV +100, UN -120)
FanDuel+4.5 (-110)-4.5 (-110)+180-21550 (OV -110, UN -110)
PointsBet+4.5 (-107)-4.5 (-107)+175-22149.5 (OV -110, UN -110)
Caesars+4.5 (-1100-4.5 (-110)+180-22049.5 (OV -110, UN -110)

While all are consistent with the point spread, it is interesting to see the differences when it comes to the total.  If you are looking to bet on the total, make sure you shop around to find the best line with the best odds before placing your wager.

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Jameis Winston Prop Market

New Orleans QB Jameis Winston was taken with the No. 1 overall pick by Tampa Bay in the 2015 NFL Draft.  The 27-year-old gunslinger spent five seasons with the Bucs and saw mixed results.

Winston started 70 games, compiling a record of 28-42. In his last full season in Tampa, he led the league in passing yards with 5,109, but also infamously led the league with 30 interceptions.

After the 2019 season, the Bucs decided to move on. Winston found his way to New Orleans as a backup to Drew Brees.

He did not start last season but appeared in four games. His brightest moment came in the wild card game against the Buccaneers when he launched a 56-yard touchdown pass to WR Tre’Quan Smith.

This will be Winston’s first start against his former team. Needless to say, his motivation should be high.

The betting market is expecting Winston to have a big day through the air. His passing yards prop is listed at 255.5 on DraftKings.  It is his highest-listed total of the season.

Here is what Winston’s prop market looks like on DraftKings:

 Total Passing YardsPassing TouchdownsInterceptionsLongest Completion
DraftKings255.5 (OV -115, UN -115)1.5 (OV +100, UN -135)0.5 (OV -200, UN +150)37.5 (OV -110, UN -120)

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Sports Betting Recommendation

It’s tough to see Winston exceeding 255.5 passing yards. Saints head coach Sean Payton has emphasized short, high-percentage throws with Winston in order to avoid turnovers. So far it has yielded positive results, as he has thrown 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

However, Winston’s average of 185.7 passing yards per game is less than impressive. He has gone over 255.5 passing yards just once this season. In a critical game against the NFC-leading Buccaneers, the Saints want to avoid turnovers in order to keep the ball out of Brady’s hands. It would not be surprising if Payton tries to control the clock while dialing up a bit of a conservative game plan for Winston.

Tampa Bay’s secondary is banged up, but that unit is getting healthier. LB Lavonte David and CB Richard Sherman returned to practice this week. If they both play, it would hinder Winston’s potential for a big game through the air. It’s also worth noting that Winston has yet to complete 20 passes in a game this season.

Consider backing the UNDER on Winston’s passing yards total of 255.5.

All things considered, he can still have a solid passing day while staying under this number.

About the Author

Connor Grootenhuis

Connor Grootenhuis is a freelance sportswriter covering all things sports betting.  Based in the Bayou State of Louisiana, he is a lifelong sports fan and a believer that every loss is a bad beat and every win is easy money.