Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints: Predictions

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees warms up before facing the Miami Dolphins in late September. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees warms up before facing the Miami Dolphins in late September.

Sheldon Mickles: Saints 33, Buccaneers 15

In seven home games — all wins — the Saints are averaging 32.9 points and are allowing 15.4. That’s a bad, bad recipe for a Bucs offense that ranks last in the NFL in total yards, yards per play, first downs and third-down efficiency, and is 29th in scoring.

Ramon Antonio Vargas: Saints 31, Buccaneers 17

Back in their fortress, where their offense and defense play much better than they do away, the Saints avoid the need to scoreboard-watch and punch their postseason ticket on their own by beating up on a Bucs team that has won just once on the road this year.

Scott Rabalais: Saints 31, Buccaneers 16

Like a house specialty from a classic New Orleans restaurant, the Saints are a dish best served under glass — or, in this case, the thick white roof of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints pound the Bucs at home, even with an eye on the Panthers-Falcons score.