Monday Night Football tonight is an NFC South showdown, something all football fans are probably clamoring for. With no teams in the division with winning records, every game matters, but for what? The division winner in this one screams first-round playoff exit. Regardless, someone is going to officially get the crown. Who is playing, what time does the game start, how can you watch it, and what are the current odds?
Who Plays on Monday Night Football Tonight?
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Monday Night Football tonight features the New Orleans Saints as they head to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both of these teams come into this game off losses, with the Saints losers of three of their last four. The Buccaneers had looked like they had turned things around after a rough start to the year but were shocked in Cleveland with an overtime loss last week.
Now, Tom Brady will try to rally the troops back home in Florida. However, it won’t be an easy task as this Saints squad has been a thorn in Brady’s side since he came over to the NFC South from the New England Patriots.
Although he got a win earlier this year 20-10, Brady had lost his four previous games against New Orleans, including losses during their Super Bowl year. Will this game be closer to their first matchup this year, or can the Saints find some of the magic they had against Brady last season?
Well, if they stand any chance in this one, it’s going to be off the back of their defense because they have struggled offensively with Andy Dalton under center. The team started the year with Jameis Winston as the starter, but an injury sidelined him fairly early on. And although he is now healthy, the team remains committed to Dalton for some weird reason.
Winston recently opened up about how the technical benching has impacted him. “It hurts my soul,” Winston said, via Jack Culotta Jr. “I lost my job due to injury. And the policy has always been that you don’t lose your job because of injury.”
With apparent discourse within the team surrounding who is QB1, will that have any impact on how the team performs on the field? How short is the metaphorical leash on Dalton before we see Winston potentially take back this team?
Even if things aren’t all rosy in New Orleans, can this Tampa Bay team really take advantage? They currently rank 27th in offensive scoring and have battled injuries at key positions, including the offensive line, all year long.
Brady has done all that he can with what he has — the team’s passing offense, which is still top five, reflects that. The two biggest issues have been the run game, which ranks dead last in the NFL, and red-zone scoring, where they rank 25th in the league.
At home, oddsmakers give the Buccaneers a good shot of winning this one. They are currently laying close to a TD (-6.5), which is quite a bit, considering it’s a divisional matchup. PFN’s Betting Director BJ Rudell likes Tampa Bay’s chances in part due to a lack of talent in New Orleans. Here is what he had to say in his Week 13 picks and predictions.
“With Marshon Lattimore trending in the right direction, the point spread has shifted from 6.5 a few days ago. Coincidence? Probably not. Mike Evans has a history of muted performances against Lattimore.
That said, his return might be overblown, particularly if he’s on a snap count. For all of Tampa Bay’s struggles, they have enough personnel — including future star Rachaad White — to handle a Saints offense that lacks the depth (beyond Alvin Kamara and Chris Olave) to scheme effectively against a defense that’s given up only three rushing scores to opposing RBs.”
What Time Is Monday Night Football Tonight?
Date: Dec. 5, 2022
Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
With Monday Night Football tonight being on ESPN, the announcers you can expect to hear are Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Lisa Salters on the call.
TV Channel and Live Stream for Monday Night Football
TV channels: ESPN
Live stream: DirecTV, Hulu + Live TV
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