The NFL wasted no time in giving fans what they wanted with two of the sport’s best quarterbacks dueling in the season opener as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans returns most of its prolific offense from a year ago while Tampa Bay is still adjusting to all of its new personnel, notably Brady. That proves to be the difference in this early-season encounter as the Saints take care of business at home. New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Odds Brady’s decision to leave New England for Tampa Bay was the story of the offseason, but he hasn’t had much on-field time with his new teammates due to the pandemic. The lack of a preseason certainly saves some wear-and-tear on his body, but it also means less chemistry built with his offensive teammates through game situations. There’s only so much a team can simulate during training camp, and that might be an issue for Tampa Bay. New Orleans has no such issues with its top-four pass catchers and top-three rushers all returning to the fold with Brees. And the quarterback’s familiarity with Sean Payton’s offense is an added bonus in terms of helping the new players like Emmanuel Sanders get up to speed. The Saints also have a stronger defense than they have had in recent years, which only adds to the hype surrounding this team entering the season. When it comes to NFL betting predictions, the NFL betting sites in New Jersey are very forgiving on Tampa Bay just because it has Brady at quarterback. But we saw last season that Brady doesn’t automatically make an offense great, and Brady without game experience with his teammates isn’t assured of being the Brady of old just because his weapons are better. As a result, there are a lot of valuable wagers on the market for the Saints. I’m a fan of the game going over 51.5 total points, which you can bet on for +115 odds, and I like the Buccaneers scoring fewer than 23 points for -112 odds. New Orleans Saints to win The Buccaneers might be good eventually, but the lack of preseason games is going to be an issue in the opener. The Saints’ offense won’t skip a beat with so much experience together and they will overwhelm the Buccaneers defense in the Superdome. New Orleans is only a 3.5-point favorite, but I’m going to use an alternate line at the New Jersey online sports betting sites and take the Saints laying 7.5 points at +160 odds in this game the Saints laying 7.5 points at +160 odds in this game.