NFL betting in Week 1 includes an excellent NFC South battle between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.
Both of these teams are expected to battle for the division title and contend for a playoff spot this season. The Saints are a 3.5 point football betting favorite in this game with a total of 43.
NFL betting stats show that New Orleans was a bust last season, going 7-9 straight up and 6-10 against the football betting pointspread. The Saints had an explosive offense led by quarterback Drew Brees but a very weak defense. New Orleans took some steps to address those problems in the off-season as they picked up linebackers Jonathan Vilma and Dan Morgan. First round draft pick Sedrick Ellis out of USC is also expected to make an impact for New Orleans this season.
Tampa Bay returns quarterback Jeff Garcia who went to the Pro Bowl last season, but it is the defense that wins games for Tampa Bay. The Bucs were the #1 ranked pass defense last season according to NFL betting stats so they should provide an excellent test for the New Orleans offense. Tampa Bay went 9-7 both straight up and against the NFL betting pointspread last season. There were 2-4 against the NFL betting number on the road a year ago. NFL betting stats show that five of the last six Tampa Bay road games have gone over the total.
New Orleans has struggled in the role of home favorite in NFL betting. The Saints are 5-16 in their last 21 games as a home favorite in football betting. The Saints have gone over the NFL betting number in their last five home games. The Bucs have owned this series of late, winning four of the last six meetings according to NFL betting stats. Tampa Bay has covered the NFL betting number the last five times at New Orleans. Another important football betting stat shows that the last five meetings between the two teams have gone over the NFL betting total.
NFL odds Week 1 action may have the Saints favored in this game but the NFL betting history favors Tampa Bay.
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