A lot has changed with these two teams since they met in the season opener in New Orleans. The New Orleans Saints have never rounded into being the powerhouse in the NFC many expected them to be, but they have still won four straight entering this contest. Tom Brady has settled in with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but even the Buccaneers have struggled at times this season. It will lead to a fascinating primetime matchup on Sunday Night Football that might just lean toward the home team yet again. New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Odds If you take a 30,000-foot view of the situation in New Orleans, you would find it impressive that the Saints are 5-2. They’ve been without their best receiver, Michael Thomas, since he was hurt in the opener against Tampa Bay. They’ve had a rotational cast of other receivers be in and out of the lineup, and Drew Brees has not looked nearly as polished as he did last season. The good news for the Saints is Emmanuel Sanders is expected to return from the COVID list this week, but Thomas’ status is still up in the air. New Orleans’ offense isn’t as explosive as what many expected but it still ranks seventh in points scored and 10th in yards gained this season. The defense is a bit quirkier, ranking 23rd in points allowed but 10th in yards allowed this year. That very well could be a difference in a tight game like this one. If there is one thing that should scare Buccaneers fans this week it’s that the game is in primetime. Tampa Bay’s two worst performances of the season came under the lights in a stunning loss at Chicago and a narrow win last week over the Giants. Returning home is a major boost for the Buccaneers, but they need to be much better on both sides of the ball this week. Brees won’t supply Tampa Bay the turnover gifts that the Giants did last week and the Saints’ offense is more likely to march down the field against a soft Buccaneers defense. The Giants led for most of the game on Monday and then marched down the field to come within a two-point conversion of tying the game in the final two minutes. Last week’s performance was a major dropoff from the previous two weeks when it looked like the Buccaneers were going to run through the rest of the NFC with some ease. The point total bets on this game are some of the most fascinating bets on the market for this week’s slate. The over/under is at a reasonable 51.5 points at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey and both teams have reasonable over/under for themselves. These two teams combined for 57 points in the opening week, but these are two very different teams than took the field in that game. The Saints have scored 27 and 26 points the past two weeks with a depleted wide receiver corps against two good defenses. The Buccaneers are better against the run than the pass, so I expect the Saints to match that total and go over 23.5 points for -110 odds. The Saints defense is a bit shaky, though, having looked average against poor offenses like Chicago’s last week. Ultimately, I think Tampa Bay will score around the 28.5 points of its individual over/under, so I’ll take the over 51.5 total points instead for the same -110 odds. Buccaneers to win Can you really be confident in any prediction about this game? The Buccaneers are 5.5-point favorites at the New Jersey online sports betting sites, which certainly makes sense given the fact this game is in Tampa Bay. However, nothing about last week’s performance against the Giants inspires confidence in Tampa Bay winning. New Orleans is banged up and missing some key players on offense, yet the Saints have still won four straight games and found ways to win tight contests. I do think Tampa Bay is going to win the game because I do think it is the better team at the moment, but I’m not confident enough in the margin to bet on the spread. The Buccaneers could win by a field goal or it could be a multiple-score victory, and they very well may lose. Instead, I’ll just pick the Buccaneers on the moneyline at -230 odds and call it a day.