Tampa Bay got off to a quick start in its 2008 home opener against the Atlanta Falcons, while Chicago has to feel it let one get away at Carolina. These clubs have played in low scoring affairs the L/5 times they’ve met as the under is 4-1 ATS the L/5 overall meetings, and 4-1 ATS the L/5 times they’ve squared off in the “Windy City”.
QB Brian Griese was far from dominant completing just 18-of-31 passes for 160 yards with a score last week, but RB Earnest Graham wreaked havoc upon the Falcons run defense amassing 116 yards and a TD on just 15 rushing attempts.
Tampa’s defense was filthy as well, limiting the Falcons to a total of 234 yards of offense, while sacking QB Matt Ryan four times and picking him off twice. Tampa Bay held a 17-3 lead at the break, but only led by eight with five minutes remaining.
The Buccaneers offense then churned out its best drive of the game to increase its lead to 15, and ended up winning the game by that exact margin (24-9). The 15-point home victory allowed NFL betting fans to cash a pointspread ticket on the Bucs according to the closing NFL lines.
Chicago got off to a roaring start in last weeks game at Carolina when it blocked a punt and waltzed into the endzone to take a 7-0 lead just two minutes into the game, but it was all downhill after they grabbed a 17-3 lead in the 3rd quarter.
QB Jake Delhomme and RB Jonathan Stewart ran roughshod on the Bears defense in the second half to score the next 17 points to pull out the come-from-behind 20-17 victory. The NFL betting line on the game closed with the Panthers a three-point favorite, and the ‘total’ went off the board at 37.
Offshore oddsmakers nailed this one as all football wagers made on both the side and ‘total’ were refunded to pro football bettors. The Bears currently sit as (–3) –110 home favorites in today’s football betting affair, with the ‘total’ sitting at 35.5. Sports-gambling.com Sportsbook offers all NFL Week 3 betting odds be it spread, total, or moneyline.
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