Football odds expectations continue to grow for the Atlanta Falcons as they are one of the leading favorites with the odds NFL to win the NFC title.
The Atlanta Falcons will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday with kickoff set for 1:05 PM Eastern. Sports-Gambling opened with Atlanta as an 8 point favorite and with an over/under of 44.5. Fox will telecast the game.
Tampa Bay has a record of 5-2 straight p and 4-3 with the NFL betting odds. The Bucs have won 3 of their last 4 games including 2 straight and are coming off a 38-35 upset win at Arizona. Tampa Bay is tied with Atlanta for first place in the NFC South Division and has covered all 3 of their road games this year.
The Bucs defense has been shaky and ranks 25th for points allowed but 2nd year quarterback Josh Freeman has shown marked improvement with an 87.1 quarterback rating and an 8/3 touchdown/interception ratio. LeGarrette Blount has a 5.2 yards per carry average out of the backfield.
Atlanta has a record of 5-2 straight up and 4-3 with the NFL betting lines. The Falcons are coming off a bye week that followed a 39-32 home payout against Cincinnati. Atlanta ranks 6th overall, for total offense and 10th on defense for points allowed.
Quarterback Matt Ryan has an 89.6 QB rating and a 12/5 TD/INT ratio. Running back Michael Turner has a 4.5 yards per carry average.
This will be a tall order for the Bucs to win in Atlanta against a more fundamentally sound Falcons team. Atlanta must be ready to play, however, as the Bucs have proven to be a pesky and opportunistic team.
Tampa Bay has covered the football odds 5 consecutive times as a road dog while Atlanta has covered 7 of their last 9 as a home favorite. Tampa Bay has gone under the total in 9 of their last 10 games against the NFC while Atlanta has gone under the total in 9 of their last 13 games overall.
Tampa Bay has gotten the money in 8 of their last 10 trips to Atlanta and this series has gone under the total 4 consecutive times.