NFL gambling fans will be able to get in on some action when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, September 11th. Here are the sports gambling odds for the game:
Buccaneers +3 (-120) 47½ (-110)
Falcons -3 (EV) 47½ (-110)
Former NFL head coach, Hall of Famer, and NBC analyst Tony Dungy believes that the Falcons can give the Carolina Panthers a run for their money in the NFC South Division, but “they really have to continue to do some things to take some pressure off (quarterback) Matt Ryan.” Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn must have breathed a sigh of relief after hearing that, knowing that he has not one, but two other Matts in the QB room (Schlaub and Simms). Ryan completed 407 passes of 614 attempts (66.3%) for 4591 yards in 2015, but finished last season 21 TDs and 16 interceptions – second lowest and second highest of his career, respectively. According to Dungy, the running game will be essential to the Falcons’ success. Rookie running back Brandon Wilds – who rushed 486 yards in 107 carries for 3 TDs with the South Carolina Gamecocks in 2015 – will join Atlanta’s lead rushers Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
The Buccaneers improved by leaps and bounds from 2014 (2-14) to 2015 (6-10), thanks in no small part to rookie QB Jameis Winston – now entering his second year. However, they still failed to post a winning percentage and fired head coach Lovie Smith. Suffice it to say that this team still has a long way to go before they can become a solid alternative for NFL gambling fans, but they’re definitely on the right track. Winston threw 312 of 535 for a 58.3 completion percentage and 4042 yards with 22 touchdowns. Additionally, he rushed 213 yards in 54 carries for a further 6 TDs. There is obviously plenty of room for improvement, but if he keeps up the good work, Winston will be the sort of QB that you can build your franchise around – especially with targets like wide receiver Mike Evans, who caught the ball 74 times for 1206 receiving yards. Now if he only could find his way back to the end zone.
Defensively, the Bucs lost defensive back Sterling Moore, linebacker Bruce Carter and D-lineman Henry Melton, though they still have CB Brent Grimes who, at 33, remains able to impress NFL gambling fans. Unfortunately for him, he’s only 5’10”, which makes it easy for guys like Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon to punk him out. That is why selecting University of Florida’s CB Vernon Hargreaves as the 11th overall pick in the first round of the draft could prove to be the best defensive move for Tampa. Hargreaves – who will play opposite Grimes on the corner – had 121 tackles and 10 interceptions in three years with the Gators. Moreover, DEs Robert Ayers and rookie Noah Spence will help the pass rush, thus relieving pressure from defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Nonetheless, the front seven is definitely not ‘magnificent,’ so to speak.