The University of Phoenix Stadium will be hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against their own Arizona Cardinals this Sunday at 4:05 PM EST. The lines opened with a posted total of 44.5 points which has not changed yet and no spread for either team; although, that has changed to a 2.5 point spread for the Buccaneers to cover. The bettors are keeping it close but there is a slight edge to Tampa Bay to cover the spread with 57% backing them and 43% against.
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The Buccaneers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. NFC, 1-5 in their last 6 games overall, 5-2 in their last 7 games on the road, and 4-9 in their last 13 games following a loss and an ATS loss. Their O/U trends are 1-6-1 in their last 8 games on the grass, 14-4 in their last 18 October games, and 3-7-1 in their last 11 games overall. They also stand 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings with the Cardinals.
On the other hand, Arizona stands 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games at home and on the grass, 0-5 in their last 5 games following an ATS loss, 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. NFC, and 6-18 in their last 24 games overall. Their O/U is currently 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and in their last 4 games following an ATS loss, 1-4 in their last 5 October games, 7-3 in their last 10 games vs. NFC, and 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss. The two also share an O/U trend of 1-4 in their last 5 meetings.
The Cardinals took a beating last week at the hands of the Eagles 34-7 and got knocked down to 2-3 as a result of it. QB Carson Palmer is currently completing about 59.9% of his passes for 1,573 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions while the ground-game is averaging 51.8 yards per game and the defense is allowing 25 points and 340.6 yards per game. Tampa Bay also lost their last game to New England 19-14 and are now 2-2 with Jameis Winston completing 61% of his passes for 1,198 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Their running-game is getting 86 yards per game while the defense is allowing 20.8 points and 402.5 yards per game.
Our Free NFL Pick: This is one of those games I wouldn’t focus too heavily on as both of these teams are lacking in big ways; although, the Buccaneers are definitely lacking more on the defense of the two. Palmer is admittedly, the better quarterback of the two but their last game isn’t going to do much for their confidence and their other games against stronger teams like Detroit and Dallas were lost by 10 points or more. I’d say Tampa Bay should cover here once Winston can find his receivers.