The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are traveling to New Orleans this week to take on the Saints, and there is one player who would love nothing more than to stick it to the red-hot Bucs.
Jameis Winston the former first round draft pick of the Buccaneers is now the starting quarterback of the Saints and I am sure he is licking his chops to play Tom Brady and the Bucs. Many people wrote off the former Florida State quarterback, but he has the Saints playing well.
The 4-2 Saints have lost to the Panthers and Giants, two teams they should have beaten, but they smoked Aaron Rodgers and the Packers and even held on to beat the Seahawks last week. Maybe you are not aware, but Saints fans can wager from their home state now, after Caesars Sportsbook was the first betting site to emerge from the soft launch this past week. With that, the Bucs favored 4.5 points, some fans may want to put their money on the home team.
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have done a great job at moving the ball, but their secondary is banged up right now. Can Jameis and the Saints get it going? The Saints were once the most potent offense under Drew Brees, and they have struggled recently.
According to Saints Wire, Marquez Callaway led the group with 40 routes and he only drew 6 targets, catching 3 passes for 32 yards. Smith looked rusty in his return from an injury, running 25 routes (all from the slot) and catching 1-of-3 targets for a mediocre 11 yards. Sure, Kenny Stills (23 routes) and Kevin White (8) were once highly-touted draft picks, but multiple teams gave up on both players before they landed in New Orleans. They didn’t catch any of the 5 combined targets they saw, registering a pair of drops.
So the biggest question is will the team play motivated for Jameis playing the team that let him go? I honestly think the Saints could beat the Buccaneers. Jameis is not afraid to throw a pick, he showed that in his career with the Buccaneers, but it is how you return from the pick. Does it beat you? Can you recover? I think this week, the Saints are a trap game, and I would not be shocked if the Saints cover the spread.