NFL Sunday Night Week 9: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Prediction and Analysis

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November 7, 2020 10:31 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers are slowly but steadily picking up steam as they gear up for a tough post-season this year. Head Coach Bruce Arians deserves all the credit for ensuring his players transform talent into results.

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers sit atop the NFC South Division table ahead of rivals New Orleans Saints. Both these teams will go head-to-head for the second time this season.

The last time these two sides met was in Week 1 when the Saints ran away with a 34-23 win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. However, the situation of both NFC South big boys is quite different this time around.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 9 Game Day predictions.

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Will Antonio Brown make his Tampa Bay Buccaneers debut on Sunday?

The question on every NFL fan’s mind- Will Antonio Brown make his long-awaited NFL return on Sunday? Will Head Coach Bruce Arians throw in the 32-year-old amidst the possible absence of Chris Godwin.

Quarterback Tom Brady will look to take full advantage of Brown if he does get the nod to make his Tampa Bay Buccaneers debut.

The Buccaneers already have the likes of Mike Evans and Scotty Miller in their wide receiver department. Godwin was listed as ‘questionable’ for Sunday’s game as per Friday’s injury report.

RBs Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le’Veon Bell will also be crucial assets for Bruce Arians’ team as they host NFC South rivals New Orleans Saints at the Raymond James Stadium.

Can New Orleans Saints make it two wins in two against the Buccaneers?

A year ago, Head Coach Sean Payton would have been more than confident ahead of a game against the Buccaneers. However, the situation is much different in 2020.

With Drew Brees looking like a clone of his former self and the prolonged absence of star wide receiver, Michael Thomas, the Saints are 5-2 heading into this Week 9 clash.

But as recent reports indicate, Thomas could make a sensational return to the Saints starting line-up on the weekend. Payton will welcome Thomas’ return after the player was linked with a move away from New Orleans last month.

RB Alvin Kamara will get to shed the load after almost single-handedly helping the Saints be offensively competitive over the last 8 weeks.

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NFL Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Injury Updates

Tampa Bay – Out

G Ali Marpet – Concussion

Questionable

WR Chris Godwin – Finger

New Orleans – Questionable

WR Michael Thomas – Ankle/Hamstring

Buccaneers vs Saints Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33 – 25 New Orleans Saints

Nov 2, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) celebrates his touchdown with offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs (78) and wide receiver Tyler Johnson (18) during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

We expect the Buccaneers to edge away with a close win when these 2 teams face-off at the Raymond James Stadium. Tom Brady will be more than eager to exact revenge for the loss in the opening week.

But we feel that Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans will have a big role to play on Sunday night as compared to the returning Antonio Brown. Regardless, this NFC South encounter will be a treat to watch for neutral NFL fans.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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