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NFL Week 2 Early Odds, Picks & Predictions: Saints vs. Buccaneers (2022)

by September 13, 2022
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Here is our preview and best bet for the 2022 NFL Week 2 game between the Saints vs. Buccaneers.

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NFL Week 2 Early Odds, Picks & Predictions: Saints vs. Buccaneers

The New Orleans Saints play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their home opener in Week 2. The Saints haven’t lost to the Buccaneers in the regular season since September 2018. That timespan includes the Tom Brady era, where the Saints are 4-0 in the regular season vs Brady with wins of 9-0, 36-27, 38-3, and 34-23.

In week 1, the Saints got off to a slow start on the road but were able to outscore the Falcons 17-3 in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback and win 27-26. Jameis Winston and Michael Thomas both returned from injury and were able to connect for two touchdowns in the win.

The Buccaneers were able to win in Dallas to also start their season 1-0. The 19-3 win was an ugly game where Dak Prescott left in the fourth quarter injured. How the offensive line would hold up has been a major question for the Buccaneers this season after the departures of Ali Marpet to retirement, Ryan Jensen to injury, and Alex Cappa to free agency. Against the Cowboys, they allowed two sacks, but both to Micah Parsons, who will be in the running for the Defensive Player of the Year award. Their job doesn’t get much easier this week where they will have to try to keep Brady upright against Cam Jordan and Marcus Davenport.

Betting against Tom Brady isn’t usually profitable, but in the case of the Saints in the regular season, even as weird as it is to say, Brady has really struggled.

Pick: New Orleans Saints (+134)

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