Week 11 of NFL football continues as the New Orleans Saints travel to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:00 P.M. These two teams have already met this season and the Saints won the first meeting by the score of 31-24.
Saints Look To Forget About Last WeekNew Orleans enters this game with a 7-2 record as it lost to Atlanta at home last week by 17 points. In that game, New Orleans could not do anything well offensively as it only scored nine points while allowing a whopping six sacks. Despite the loss, New Orleans is still in first place in the NFC South with a two-game cushion. The loss was a bit concerning since it came off a bye week but the Saints are still in a prime position to make the playoffs so it should be viewed as nothing but a minor speed bump. However, New Orleans has to be extra careful that this type of lackluster performance does not carry over into this game as it will need to get back to its winning ways moving forward.
New Orleans' offense is led by star wide receiver Michael Thomas who has looked like one of the best receivers in the league this season. He already has 86 receptions for 1,027 receiving yards along with four receiving touchdowns. With all of the injuries that New Orleans has had to deal with this season, Thomas has been as durable as possible and he will look for another big performance in this game.
TRE'QUAN SMITH MY GOODNESS 😳 pic.twitter.com/kGX7K3b6MY— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 10, 2019
Defensively, New Orleans has been amazing up to this point. The Saints are allowing 20.2 points per game which ranks 11th in the league. In addition, the Saints are allowing 316.6 yards per game which ranks fifth in the league. Now, New Orleans will look for another solid performance on defense against a division rival on the road this Sunday.
Tampa Bay Looks For Another Home WinBruce Arians has the Buccaneers in okay form headed into this game. The Buccaneers have lost six of their first nine games and are in third place in the NFC South. On the bright side, Tampa Bay does enter this game on a high note as it was able to beat Arizona by three points at home last Sunday. However, Tampa Bay has still been extremely underwhelming at home this season as it has only won one of its first four home games. Plus, New Orleans is significantly better than Arizona so Tampa Bay will need to play even better in this game than it did in its last game. If Tampa Bay is able to do that, a victory is definitely within reach.
Tampa Bay's offense is led by quarterback Jameis Winston who has been very inconsistent this season. He has thrown for 2,765 passing yards and 17 passing touchdowns. However, he has also thrown 14 interceptions which is the most in the entire league. Now, Winston will look to avoid committing any turnovers against a very solid defense on Sunday.
Defensively, Tampa Bay has been terrible up to this point. The Buccaneers are allowing 31.0 points per game which is the most in the entire league. In addition, the Buccaneers are allowing 376.6 yards per game which ranks 25th in the league. Now, Tampa Bay will look for a solid defensive performance for 60 minutes at home against an elite team.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Saints are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 14 points.
- Saints are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Saints are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC.
- Buccaneers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Buccaneers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NFC.