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Pro Football Betting - Rams at Buccaneers

Pro football betting handicappers are becoming impressed with the rapid improvement of the St. Louis Rams so far in the NFL sports betting season.
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Pro football betting fans are also impressed with the improvement shown by the Tampa Bay Bucs despite their NFL sports betting loss last week.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the St. Louis Rams with a telecast on FOX that is set for 1 PM Eastern Time.  Sports-Gambling opened with Tampa Bay as a 2.5 point favorite and with a total of 38.

St. Louis has a NFL betting record of 3-3 straight up and 4-2 against the spread as 4 of their games have gone under the total.  The Rams are coming off a highly impressive 20-17 upset win over San Diego as 9.5 point home dogs which was their third win in four games.

While rookie quarterback Sam Bradford is getting the attention and headlines with his steady play the real difference in the Rams this year is their defense, which is ranked 11th for points allowed.

Head coach Steve Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants when they won the 2008 Super Bowl and his influence and expertise is taking shape.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a NFL gambling record of 3-2 both straight up and against the spread.  Tampa Bay was dominated at home last week by New Orleans 31-6.  Despite the loss the Bucs have impressed gamblers with their improvement in overall play and competitiveness.

Tampa Bay has struggled on offense as they rank 29th for scoring while the defense ranks 22nd for points allowed.

For Tampa Bay this would look like a winnable game to get back on track.  For St. Louis a win in this one would be a major step in credibility and demonstrate their ability to win on the road and play with consistency.

St. Louis is 8-25 against the spread versus teams with a winning record.  Tampa Bay is 5-11 against the spread when coming off a straight up loss.  The Rams have gone under the total in 8 out of their last 11 when coming off a straight up win while the Bucs have gone under in 8 consecutive NFC games.

The road team has beaten the pro football betting board in just 1 out of the last 5 meetings in this series and the Rams have failed to get the money in their last 6 games against the Bucs.