Spot Play analysis from last Sunday:
“The prime time game on Sunday is the matchup between two of the great quarterbacks in the history of the game. And that is where I feel the Buccaneers have the edge. Tom Brady is a winner, period. Brees, as great as he is, hasn’t looked nearly as sharp over the past couple of years, especially in the post season. It’s hard to get his performance from last year’s game against the Vikings out of our minds. Then last week, they had a tough time putting the Bears away.
The Bucs gain the services of linebacker Devon White for this game, and that is a key cog back in the lineup for Tampa Bay. Tampa is healthy and it’s a revenge game with obviously a lot on the line.
The Saints defeated the Bucs by 46 combined points in its two regular-season games. That’s the highest point differential in a sweep for any team prior to a third meeting against an opponent in a single season. In each of the previous three highest instances, the team that got swept in the regular season won the playoff rematch outright.
Take the points with the Bucs.”