Both teams expect reinforcements on both sides of the ball to potentially return for this game. Last night, the Saints saw the return of WR Tre’Quan Smith, DE Marcus Davenport, LB Kwon Alexander, LT Terron Armstead, and C Erik McCoy. This week, the Saints hope to have WR Deonte Harris, QB Taysom Hill, TE Nick Vannett, and possibly K Wil Lutz all back and ready to go.
For the Buccaneers, they expect TE Rob Gronkowski, CB Richard Sherman, and LB Lavonte David all to be available for Tampa this Sunday. The Buccaneers have been able to dominate opposing teams thus far, most recently beating the Chicago Bears 38-3, without these key contributors.
It’s likely these reasons that the New Orleans Saints open as 4.5 home underdogs according to DraftKings sportsbook.
The Saints beat Tom Brady’s Buccaneers in both regular season contests last season, but ultimately lost in the playoffs. However, that was a different team with a different quarterback at the helm. Jameis Winston at quarterback will surely be hoping to beat the team that drafted him (and the quarterback that Tampa chose to replace him), so hopefully Jameis and Sean Payton can get the offense clicking to upset the champs.
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