Saints Being Disrespected by Week 9 Odds Against Buccaneers

Larry Rupp
The Saints are being disrespected when it comes to their odds against the Buccaneers in Week 9.
The Saints are being disrespected when it comes to their odds against the Buccaneers in Week 9. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints made some adjustments following a 1-2 start to the season and have since ripped off four straight wins including a thrilling overtime victory against the Chicago Bears in Week 8. They are now 5-2 on the year and find themselves in a tie for first place in the NFC South with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Saints now face those Buccaneers in Week 9 for the second time this season after emerging victorious in back in Week 1, 34-23. However, the Saints head to Raymond James Stadium as 4.5-point road underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, which has to be viewed as disrespectful.

While Tampa Bay being the home team does adjust the spread a bit more in their favor, it shouldn't be more than a field goal as this divisional game could easily come down to the wire. The Saints are one of only two losses on the year for the Buccaneers and it could be argued that Drew Brees and company are playing better now than they were back in Week 1.

The Saints' defense had quarterback Tom Brady all figured out in Week 1, causing him to throw 2 interceptions as he attempted to keep up with New Orleans' scoring efforts. That may be the key to victory as the Saints had their best defensive performance of the season giving up just 310 total yards and 23 points.

Both of these teams head into this matchup with a lot of momentum and motivation to win a pivotal divisional battle. Suggesting the Buccaneers are more than a very small favorite in this one could just add more fuel to the fire for the Saints.

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