NFL Matchup - Buccaneers Cardinals Odds Preview

Arizona Cardinals Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The 0-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, seemingly on the verge of mutiny, look for their first victory of the season when they host the 1-2 Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium (1 pm ET, Fox).

As of early this week the Bucs, who have also played three UNDERS this season, scoring a total of just 34 points, were favored by 2.5 points over the Cardinals, who just got toasted in New Orleans.

The Cardinals have lost 8 in a row SU as a road underdog while Tampa Bay has lost five straight games ATS before a bye week (they are off in Week 5).

The Buccaneers sport records of 0-3 and 1-2 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cardinals sit at 1-2 and 2-1 ATS on the season. The over under records are 0-3 for the Buccaneers and 1-2 for the Cardinals.

View Arizona Cardinals vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag, had set the Buccaneers as -3-point Favorite on the opening line for this contest. The total was hovering around 40.5 earlier in the week (check for the current over-under lines).

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Buccaneers rated this week at No. 28 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 30. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 12-10 result in favor of the Buccaneers this week.

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The Cardinals were a 31-7 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Saints. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (38) made winners of UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 31-ranked offense (11.33 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 22 at 26.33 PPG. The Buccaneers passing attack has averaged 174.67 yards per game, less than the Cardinals give up through the air (297 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Cardinals own the league's No. 19-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 123 yards per game when on the road. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 7 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Cardinals at Buccaneers trends to consider:
Arizona is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
Arizona is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Arizona is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Arizona
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing Arizona
Tampa Bay is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Arizona
Tampa Bay is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games

Next up:
Arizona at Carolina, Sunday, October 6th
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, Sunday, October 13th

 

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