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New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Picks, Lines, Odds,& Predictions

New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Picks, Lines, Odds,& Predictions

Tom Brady and Drew Brees will face off for the second time this season as the Saints (5-2 SU, 2-5 ATS) travel to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers (6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS) in this week’s edition of Sunday Night Football. The first game went the New Orleans way and the Bucs will be looking for revenge that will leave them at the top of the NFC South.

New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Line Movement

Tampa Bay opened as -4 favorites, a line that has attracted a lot of early money driving it to -5.5 before dropping again and settling at 4.5. The total line was even more volatile as it opened at 55 and dropped all the way to 50.5.

Notes On The New Orleans Saints

The Saints notched their fourth consecutive victory last week at Chicago, but all of them were won by tight margins. Two of the games, the Bears and the Chargers, went to overtime and New Orleans has now failed to cover the spread in five of their last six games. They are steadily improving but still are far away from being the force. In the first meeting between the two New Orleans had issues moving the ball against the Buccaneers’ defense and only had 271 total yards of offense. They will have to find a way to get through maybe the best defensive side in the league if they are to catch up with their rivals at the top of the division.

The good news for the Bucs is that Drew Brees is starting to look like his old self after a slower start to the season. He had a more than a decent game in Chicago, considering that he was without two of his favorite targets, throwing for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Chicago’s defense is tough, but Tampa’s is even tougher, so he’ll have to raise his game again in order to put up good numbers. Alvin Kamara hasn’t set the world on fire with his running lately, but he makes up for it with catches. He now has eight or more in the last three games, and we can expect this trend to continue, especially if Michael Thomas is out again.

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Notes On The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are coming from the win against the Giants on Monday that they had to work a lot harder for than expected. They are also coming off a win against the Raiders. It also means that they are playing on a short week and one extra day for recovery and preparation can mean a lot in games this big. A lot has changed since Week 1 and the defeat to the Saints and the Bucs are now humming on both sides of the ball. They rank among the top 10 in almost every defensive and offensive department except the rushing offense which ranks 23rd. Tom Brady is back to his top form and looks absolutely comfortable within Bruce Arians’ system. The defense is dominating and has three fumble recoveries and eleven interceptions this season. In fact, the only game without forcing a single takeaway is the opening day loss to New Orleans.

Tom Brady had a forgettable game in Week 1 even throwing a pick-six but since then he tallied 20 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. His bounty of weapons gets even stronger this week as WR Antonio Brown is eligible to play. Brown only had a few practices with the team so perhaps it’s the best to wait and see how rusty he is, although in Chris Godwin’s absence he’ll get his fair share of targets from the get-go.

New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Pick = Over 50.5

The first game between the NFC South went well over this line with 57 points and it was before Tampa Bay’s offense became the juggernaut it is now. Drew Brees will also be super motivated to put up points in what is, or at least statistically, the greatest QB matchup of all time.


Louisiana Casino Industry Needs Lawmakers to Get it Right Again

Louisiana Casino Industry Needs Lawmakers to Get it Right Again

With casino gambling exploding in so many states, and sports betting emerging as a viable revenue source, the states who were the first to the table are finding out that it isn’t like the “old” days. At one time, Louisiana was one of the few states outside of Nevada or New Jersey to have casinos, but that isn’t the case anymore. They have been feeling the heat from competition all over, and as a result, growth has stopped.

For more than ten years, revenue generated from Louisiana’s casinos has steadily declined, and there has been a severe drop at some outlets. There are several in the state that are down more than 10% compared to the same point last year.

How Does The Louisiana Casino Industry Need Lawmakers to Get it Right?

Louisiana Economic Development recently commissioned a study from the respected Spectrum Gaming Group on how to address the problems that is facing the industry. The company made a number of recommendations, but indications are that lawmakers have been inflexible with regard to allowing for improvement of the atmosphere.

One of those recommendation was to legalize sports betting, like so many states have already done, or are about to. It is an issue of immediate concern, because casinos in neighboring Missouri have set up a number of sportsbooks already. What this does, especially on the weekends, is attract business away from major markets such as New Orleans, in effect making the Crescent City a principal feeder market for gaming establishments on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Louisiana casinos are also at a competitive disadvantage against Mississippi from the perspective of taxes. In fact, they pay almost twice the tax rate, according to Spectrum’s findings.

On the other side of the state, casinos in Shreveport and Bossier City have found themselves losing business to Oklahoma. They would like to move to other locales, but petty political opposition has prevented that.

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Internet gaming is another feature that might allow Louisiana to compete, and it has found favor with other states. It makes things more convenient for customers who are playing within a state’s boundaries. Yet, there is no indication that Louisiana will authorize this either.

And Spectrum has found that there is a direct correlation between indoor smoking bans and a considerable loss of revenue for the casinos in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the state capital.

Wade Duty, executive director of the Louisiana Casino Association, points out that without having additional “ammunition” at their disposal, the Louisiana casinos are way behind the times. “It makes it difficult to compete when you’ve got a product that is still pretty much in the same format as when we began gaming 25 years ago,” he says.

What is incredible about all of this is that the casinos play such a huge role in covering the state’s budget, bringing in about $700 million themselves.

The dilemma the casinos face makes it hard for them to justify any kind of new investment, which might inject some life into the industry. The companies who own these casinos invariably have financial interests in similar properties elsewhere, and it only makes logical sense that they will direct those resources toward a more business-friendly environment.

It seems a shame that a city like New Orleans, so dependent upon tourism, would find its local casinos so boxed in, when they supply a meaningful component of that tourism formula. But if the findings of Spectrum are accurate, there isn’t enough consideration being given to businesses in any of Louisiana’s municipalities. They need to understand that there won’t be any more water in the trough after a while, and that will eventually put all of them in a pickle, to be sure.