Football gambling expectations remain low for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but they have garnered some grudging NFL gambling respect after posting 2 wins in 3 games.
The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday with a kickoff set for 1:05 PM Eastern and a CBS telecast. Sports-Gambling opened with Cincinnati as a 6.5 point favorite and with an over/under of 38.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off a bye week that followed a 38-13 blowout home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers which dropped their record to 2-1 both straight up and with the football odds.
Tampa Bay is ranked 26th for total offense and 20th for total defense which may not seem great but they have shown noticeable improvement from last year. Josh Freeman enters his second year at starting quarterback and has a much better QB rating of 84.6 with a 4/2 touchdown/interception ratio.
The Bucs rebuilding program that began painfully last year is taking shape.
The Cincinnati Bengals now stand at 2-2 both straight up and with the NFL odds after embarrassing themselves in a 23-20 loss at Cleveland as 1.5 point road favorites as the Browns got their first win of the season. The Browns once led 23-10 and then held off a too little too late Bengals rally.
What has been most alarming about the inconsistent Bengals so far has been their struggling offense.
While Carson Palmer broke out with a 371 yard 2 TD performance at quarterback and Terrell Owens caught 10 passes for 222 yards the unit still breaks down in key moments and much of that yardage was made at garbage time when the Browns were in prevent defense.
Despite spending big money in the offseason to add weaponry the Bengals rank 15th overall for scoring and 16th for points allowed. The rushing attack ranks 22nd which has served to put an added burden on the passing attack. Palmer has a QB rating of 82.7 with a 5/3 touchdown/interception ratio.
Cincinnati cannot afford a football gambling loss to a still young and growing Tampa Bay team after blowing a game at winless Cleveland. While Palmer is coming off his best game the consistency issue is one that remains.