If you’re a New Orleans fan, nothing makes you happier than knowing you’ll watch today’s Saints game take place in the Superdome. Even against the 4-11 Buccaneers, today’s Week 17 opponent, a loss would be possible if the game were in Raymond James Stadium. The Saints’ road woes have been well documented, at least as much as their dominance at home. So with an NFC South wild card spot and possible division title on the line, it’s a good thing the Buccaneers and Saints play in New Orleans. If you’re unable to see the game live on FOX, you can watch Buccaneers vs Saints game free online live using the links below.
Las Vegas has the Saints favored over the Buccaneers by anywhere between 11 and 12 points. The point spread is due in part to the teams’ records, but it’s more due to the Saints’ play at home this season. The Saints have lost their past two games to the Rams and Panthers, but they get one more shot today to clinch a playoff spot and perhaps the Number Two seed in the NFC. Playing at home, where they’re an undefeated 7-0 this season, the Saints — like Vegas bookies — must like their chances.
Yet if a team can mar the Saints’ home record this year it’s the Bucs. Tampa Bay has beaten New Orleans in the Superdome twice in December, in 2009 and 2010. In addition, when these two teams last met in Week 2, the Bucs gave the Saints all they could handle in a tough 14-16 Bucs loss. Still, cornerback Darrelle Revis, safety Dashon Goldson and the rest of the Buccaneers 13th-ranked defense will need every play to go its way to win. Each game during the past two seasons has gone the Saints way, and New Orleans goes into today’s 4:25 EST / 1:25 kickoff with the fifth-ranked offense and second-ranked passing game.
That would be the handiwork of Drew Brees, whom you’ll see guide the Saints offense when you watch Buccaneers vs Saints game free online live. Brees has a 101.8 passer rating through 16 weeks and has connected on 422 passes for 4,781 yards and 35 touchdowns. Last week’s flop was an aberration, so look for him to recover quickly at the Superdome today against a Bucs defense allowing 229 passing yards per game.
Ironically, Brees’ offense may be overshadowed today by the Saints defense. The Buccaneers have struggled to get it going this year, as their 4-11 record will attest. But the Saints defense under the leadership of coordinator Rob Ryan has been one of the biggest surprises of the season. The Saints defense should do especially well against Buccaneers rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who’s making his first appearance in New Orleans. The Superdome may feel more like the Thunder Dome to Glennon today.
You can watch Buccaneers vs Saints game free online live on DirecTV’s website if you have the NFL Sunday Ticket with Max Package. To do so you’ll need to have the NFL Sunday Ticket Package, which requires a subscription, but anyone who has a subscription can watch the live streaming version free of any game, including today’s 4:25 EST / 1:25 PST game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.