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Football Betting: Oakland Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Football betting Sunday will offer a merciful end for the Raiders while Tampa Bay will hope for post season NFL football betting action.

Football betting handicappers can always find value on the board, regardless of how unappealing a NFL football betting matchup may appear at first glance.  The Oakland Raiders do offer some football betting angles beyond the obvious of going against them automatically, which the football betting linemaker expects the majority of gamblers to do.

Oakland, despite their disaster of a season, has actually been a profitable football betting road team as they are 4-3 against the NFL odds on the road this year.  In over/under NFL football betting action the Raiders were 5-8-1 under the total with just 2 out of their 7 road games going over the football betting total.

As a NFL football betting dog the Raiders were just 5-8 against the spread.  Oakland was ranked 31st on offense and 26th on defense.  JaMarcus Russell has proven to not be the answer at quarterback but the Raiders football betting weaknesses go well beyond him.  Oakland was just 3-8 against the spread since week three.

Tampa Bay has failed to deliver down the stretch for their football betting backers and faced the possibility of missing the playoffs after losing at home to San Diego last week.  The Bucs had an overall home football betting record of 4-3 against the NFL odds.

Like the Raiders, Tampa Bay had a good over/under football betting trend going as they went under the total in 5 out of 7 home games in 2008.  The Bucs were ranked 13th overall on offense while ranking 9th overall on defense.

Head coach Jon Gruden, despite his background as an offensive guru, has struggled to produce a strong offense since his 2002 super bowl run with the Bucs.

While quarterback Brian Griese has been competent if not steady in backstopping starter Jeff Garcia, neither has been dominant or confidence inspiring for bettors.  As a football betting chalk Tampa Bay was 5-4 against the spread.

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