NFL football gambling respect has grown for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they are a surprise betting on NFL football post season contender.
The Atlanta Falcons will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers with a telecast on FOX set for 4:20 PM ET. Sports-Gambling opened with Atlanta as a 3 point favorite with the over/under at 44.
The Atlanta Falcons are coming off a big 20-17 home payout against the Green Bay Packers which could prove to have long term playoff implications for seeding and home field. Atlanta has a record of 9-2 straight up and 7-4 with the NFL lines and has gone over the total 7 times.
The Falcons are in sole possession of first place in the NFC South with a 1 game lead over New Orleans and 2 game lead over Tampa Bay. Atlanta is riding a 5 game winning streak with 4 payouts in that span and went under the total for the first time in 6 games in the win over the Pack.
Coach Mike Smith has put together a well balanced team that ranks 7th in the NFL for both offensive scoring and defensive points against. Matt Ryan has passed for 2715 yards, Michael Turner has rushed for 974 yards with 7 touchdowns, and Roddy White is at 1066 yards receiving.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the biggest surprise teams in the NFL and have a record of 7-4 straight up and 8-3 with the NFL gambling odds as 6 of their games have gone under the total. The Bucs are coming off a tough 17-10 loss at Baltimore but did get the money as 7.5 point dogs.
Tampa Bay has paid out in 5 consecutive games and has gone under the number for 2 consecutive games.
The Bucs defense has been a major reason for their improvement this year as they rank 9th in the NFL for points allowed. 2nd year quarterback Josh Freeman has also shown dramatic improvement as he has an 89.3 QB rating with a 15/5 TD/INT ratio.
Freeman’s progress and elimination of last year’s rookie mistakes along with the defense have turned the Bucs into a bona fide NFL football gambling contender.