Football gambling respect is also high for the Detroit Lions with sharp handicappers as they are proving to be one of the best values on the board in NFL gambling.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday with a telecast on FOX set to start at 1 PM ET. Sports Gambling opened with Tampa Bay as a 6 point favorite and with a total of 42.
Detroit is coming off a major 7-3 upset win over Green Bay with the football betting odds as 7 point home dogs to improve their record to 3-10 straight up and 9-4 against the spread with 9 of their games going over the total. The Lions snapped a 5 game losing streak and continue to provide phenomenal board value to bargain hunting handicappers.
Detroit has also shown noticeable improvement on the field which has helped their value as they rank 16th overall for scoring offense and 18th for total defense. Drew Stanton got the start at quarterback last week and is likely to start again at Tampa.
The Buccaneers are 8-5 straight up and 8-4-1 with the pro football betting lines as they are coming off a 17-16 win/push at Washington last week as the Redskins botched a game tying extra point attempt at the end of regulation.
The Bucs rank 12th for scoring defense and 22nd for scoring offense. Josh Freeman, who had a rough rookie season last year, has improved to have an 87.9 QB rating with a 17/6 TD/INT ratio. Tampa Bay is in the thick of the NFC wild card race as they trail Atlanta and New Orleans in the NFC South Division race.
For 2nd year coach Raheem Morris it has proven to be a strong turnaround season that has shown the worth of his rebuilding program and abilities as a coach.
Detroit has had significant long term football gambling success against Tampa Bay with 13 payouts in the last 18 meetings between the teams including 6 covers in the last 7 matchups. Detroit has paid out in their last 3 visits to Tampa Bay and the series has gone under the total in 4 of the last 6 meetings.