NEW ORLEANS SAINTS - TAMBA BAY BUCCANEERS
Saints must win this game to keep the dream of a Superbowl return alive. It will be pretty much season over, should they lose.
They will take great heart from the 31-6 thumping they gave Carolina last week and perhaps, even greater encouragement from the 23 first downs and 412 yards of offense that Washington posted against TB. Amazingly, Tampa's defense found a way to win them that game, by forcing the Redskins into six turnovers.
Buc's quarterback Jeff Garcia left that game very early and his participation this evening, will be the subject of a gametime decision. They really struggled without him and totalled just 9 first downs, less than 200 yards of offense and completed just 1 of 12, 3rd down attempts.
The Vegas line moved a half point, which around the 3 point line is significant, suggesting that he might not play. Even if he does, it seems fair to assume that he will be less than 100% fit.
I am siding with New Orleans and will post my bet at the current Vegas line of 3.5 points, however, if you can back them at lower odds, just giving up the bare 3 points , that is a far better option. This is still possible with a number of european based bookmakers.
5 points New Orleans -3.5 points 2.01 Pinnacle/ Vegas.