Many professional football prediction sites were going back and forth on who they think is going to win this weekend when the Saints and Buccaneers face each other in New Orleans. The Saints looked much better last weekend, but we don’t think it will be good enough to defeat the Bucs this weekend. They faced off a little over two weeks ago and the Bucs came out on top. Ultimately, we predict that the home field advantage isn’t going to be enough for the Saints and Tampa bay will sneak away with a close win over New Orleans by 3 points.
Buccaneers vs Saints Score Prediction: Buccaneers 30, Saints 27
NFL Week 16 brings New Orleans and Tampa Bay head to head. Last week, the Saints had a good victory on the road, scoring 48 points against an Arizona team whose season was basically finished. The Buccaneers have had a recent surge that has carried them to the brink of the playoffs.
This is a must-win game for the Saints if they want any shot at getting the number 6 seed in the NFC Playoffs. New Orleans needs to beat Tampa Bay along with some help from other teams as well. Drew Brees is coming off a big game on the road at Arizona, but the Cardinals look like a team that has already thrown in the towel. In the latest NFL news, Brees finally started to look like he is getting into his groove, but we don’t think it will be enough for a win this weekend.
The Bucs have won five of their last six overall after coming up short in a 26-20 defeat at Dallas on Sunday night. They turned the ball over four times in that loss, putting their defense in a tough spot. The Bucs had won five straight, holding the other teams to an average of less than 13 points per game during that span. One of those wins came against New Orleans, and they picked off Drew Brees three times in a 16-11 home win.
We think that the Saints will fall short in a close game, and the Buccaneers pull out a win this week. Our NFL score prediction for this game is 30-27 in favor of Tampa Bay.
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