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New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11/8/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The New Orleans Saints visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on 11/8/2020 at 8:20PM.

New Orleans and Tampa Bay face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. New Orleans has a record of 5-2 this season. Tampa Bay is 6-2 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

New Orleans Team Defense Preview

New Orleans yields 6.3 plays per drive, this defense gives up 31.8 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 2.75 points per drive. On 47.2% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but on 6.9% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 26.4 yard line, they usually take up 2:54 of time.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 108.4 against New Orleans and on 1.7% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. New Orleans has caused a sack rate of 7.3% this season.

Examining New Orleans in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 96 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 46 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 47.9%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 12 fourth down attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 9 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 77.8%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 24 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and their opponents have converted 20 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 83.3%.

New Orleans Team Offense Preview

New Orleans has run 6.5 plays per drive and this offense averages 36.6 yards per drive, and they score 2.69 points per offensive possession. On 50.0% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 6.8% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 31.5 and these drives usually take up 3:03 of time.

5.1% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by New Orleans and 1.2% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.New Orleans has given up 9 sacks this season and this has resulted in 70 yards lost.

They rushed for 4.2 yards per carry and for 119.3 yards per game. This offense coughed up the ball 10 times this season.

Examining New Orleans in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 93 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 46 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 49.5%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 6 fourth down attempts this season and have converted 4 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 66.7%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 29 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and have converted 18 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 62.1%.

Tampa Bay Team Defense Preview

Tampa Bay faces 5.5 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 26.0 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 1.65 points per drive. 30.4% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 15.2% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 28.7 and these drives typically last 2:36.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 83.2 against Tampa Bay and on 3.8% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Tampa Bay has forced a sack rate of 8.8% this season.

We will get more situational with Tampa Bay and examine various situations. They have faced 101 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 39 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 38.6%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 9 fourth down conversion attempts this season and opponents have converted 5 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 60.0%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 23 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 14 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 60.9%.

Tampa Bay Team Offense Preview

Tampa Bay has run 5.9 plays per drive and they generate 32.3 yards per drive, and they score 2.65 points per offensive possession. On 47.3% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 7.7% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 31.1 and these drives typically last 2:39.

6.5% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Tampa Bay and 1.3% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Tampa Bay has yielded 10 sacks this season and there were 63 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

Tampa Bay rushed for 4.0 yards per carry and for 102.6 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 9 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Tampa Bay and examine various situations. They have had 101 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 43 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 42.6%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 6 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 5 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 83.3%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 31 Red Zone entrances this season and have converted 24 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 77.4%.

The New Orleans Roster

The Players to Watch for New Orleans

Drew Brees QB 6-0 209

This season, Drew Brees has put up 1898 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 106.5thus far this season. Drew Brees has thrown 3 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Drew Brees has 4 rushing yards, which puts him in the 17.86 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 12 times this season, which puts him in the 39.29 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2 rushing touchdowns this season.

Alvin Kamara RB 5-10 215

This season, Alvin Kamara has 431 rushing yards on 87 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 4 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Alvin Kamara picked up 556 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 55 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Emmanuel Sanders WR 5-11 180

This season, Emmanuel Sanders picked up 304 yards. He caught the ball 26 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

David Onyemata DT 6-4 300

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for New Orleans, David Onyemata has 7 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 3 times this season, which put him in the 95.28 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Cameron Jordan DE 6-4 287

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for New Orleans, Cameron Jordan has 19 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 50.0 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson SS 5-11 210

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for New Orleans, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson had 35 tackles which puts him in the 83.87 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 26.0 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Marshon Lattimore CB 6-0 192

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for New Orleans, Marshon Lattimore had 28 tackles which puts him in the 84.62 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Marshon Lattimore as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 67.9 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Tampa Bay Roster

The Players to Watch for Tampa Bay

Tom Brady QB 6-4 225

This season, Tom Brady has put up 2189 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has thrown 4 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 103.1thus far this season. Tom Brady has thrown 4 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Tom Brady has 6 rushing yards, which puts him in the 23.21 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 17 times this season, which puts him in the 51.79 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2 rushing touchdowns this season.

Ronald Jones II RB 5-11 208

This season, Ronald Jones II has 529 rushing yards on 117 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 4 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Ronald Jones II picked up 109 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 22 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Scott Miller WR 5-11 174

This season, Scott Miller picked up 400 yards. He caught the ball 25 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Rakeem Nunez-Roches DT 6-2 307

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Tampa Bay, Rakeem Nunez-Roches has 1 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 31.13 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Jason Pierre-Paul DE 6-5 275

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Tampa Bay, Jason Pierre-Paul has 16 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 92.98 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 3.0 fumbles this season.

Antoine Winfield Jr. FS 5-9 203

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Tampa Bay, Antoine Winfield Jr. had 31 tackles which puts him in the 73.39 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 2 times this season. Antoine Winfield Jr. as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 69.0 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jamel Dean CB 6-1 206

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Tampa Bay, Jamel Dean had 33 tackles which puts him in the 96.15 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jamel Dean as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 67.9 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: New Orleans Saints 21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32

Spread Pick: Tampa Bay -4 -109 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Tampa Bay -200 5Dimes
Total Pick: Under 55 -109 10Bet and Over 50.5 -108 5Dimes