We have another edition of Sunday Night Football on our hands in Week 9. This one is a big deal. The New Orleans Saints are in Tampa Bay for a primetime showdown against the Saints. This is a rematch from Week 1 in New Orleans, which went the Saints’ way for a 34-22 win. Everything looked perfect for the Saints in that game.
The defense and offense were both firing on all cylinders. It made people question if maybe the Saints were a Super Bowl contender. But as always, reacting to one game is never smart. Conversely, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers took a lot of heat. What can you expect from a team with a new offense working with a shortened offseason?
Brady and the offense needed time to gel, and gel they have. They’ve been much better since Week 1, and now the Buccaneers are adding even more weapons to their arsenal. Antonio Brown, who is living with Tom Brady, is scheduled to make his debut for the Bucs on Sunday night at home.
Brady and Brown played one game together against the Miami Dolphins as a member of the Patriots last year. That was short lived and Brady advocated for the Bucs to sign him. They’ll take a gamble on Brown with not much to lose, so we’ll see how it goes. In the one game that they spent together, Brady found Brown for 6 points quickly. They looked comfortable together without much time in the offense. We’ll see if it continues with the Buccaneers. Head below for our free New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers prop picks for November 8, 2020.
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Rob Gronkowski Receptions
Rob Gronkowski was the first of one of his old teammates with the Patriots that he recruited to come play. Gronkowski took the year off and it looked like he was going to set off into the sunset and retire. Brady going to the Buccaneers prompted Gronkowski to put the pads back on, though. He looked really old and slow out there over the first two weeks, but Brady has looked his way often since Gronkowski has shaken the rust off.
Brady has been looking his way often recently. Through the last four games, Brady has targeted Gronkowski an average of 6.5 times per game. In those outings, he hauled in 233 receiving yards and 17 receptions for an average of 4.25 receptions a game. The most important thing for Brady and Gronk is that they’ve been finding one another in the red zone with nice consistency again.
Gronkowski hauled in his third straight touchdown on Monday night, as he took a short 3-yard pass for Brady off the play action for an easy touchdown. He’s still a very useful weapon for Brady and the Bucs, especially around the goal line where you have to expect him to get some targets. Gronkowski had made at least 4 receptions in three straight games, and in four of his previous six outings. I can see more of the same for him tonight.
Alvin Kamara Receiving Yards
Michael Thomas is set to finally make his return for the Saints. It’s been a tough and turbulent road back for Thomas to the starting lineup, but he’s going to finally be back in the saddle. Thomas has only played a game this season, as he made 3 receptions for 17 yards against the Buccaneers. Then Thomas was scheduled to return, and he got into an altercation in practice. That set his return back, but all indications are that Thomas is playing on Sunday night. Having said that, the focal point of the offense is still going to be Alvin Kamara.
Kamara is going to carry the load in any way he can. Whether it’s running the football or receiving out of the backfield, Kamara is capable of pretty well doing it all for the Saints. To earn the big bucks in the NFL as a running back, and extend your shelflife, you have to be able to do everything well. Kamara is one of those guys, who is the best receiving running back in the league. He’s made 55 receptions for 556 yards and 3 touchdowns. Kamara has recorded at least 51 yards in six of seven games this season. In the last three weeks alone, Kamara has been targeted 31 times. You have to like his chances to get OVER this prop total.