Tampa Bay Bucs Betting Odds Preview
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2012 season with a 7-9 SU and 9-6-1 ATS record, a step in the right direction from a 4-12 season the year before. Tampa Bay will try to take another step forward and fight for a playoff spot under head coach Greg Schiano this season.
Through the first 10 games of the season last year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked great on offense and were looking like the surprise team of 2012. Tampa Bay was 6-4 SU and 8-2 ATS over its first 10 games with the OVER going 7-2-1 over that stretch. But the Buccaneers eventually fizzled down the stretch, finishing 1-5 SU and 1-4-1 ATS with the total going UNDER in five of those six games.
Josh Freeman’s surface numbers of 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns look good, but his 17 interceptions and a few terrible games along the way have people questioning if he is the quarterback that can get this team to the next level. No one is questioning running back Doug Martin after his breakout campaign as a rookie last season in which he rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns and tacked on 472 receiving yards as well. Martin will once again be the primary weapon of the offense.
Tampa Bay finished with the best rushing defense in the league, allowing just 82.5 rushing yards per game. Part of the reason for that was that defenses were having too easy of a time throwing the ball to worry about running it, as the Bucs were dead last in passing yards allowed with 379.9 yards per game. Tampa Bay addressed the issue this offseason by trading for Darrelle Revis, one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. If Revis can return healthy from his knee injury, he should give the defense an immediate boost.
The Buccaneers showed flashes of brilliance last season, and could compete for a wild card spot if they find more consistency in 2013.
NFC South Odds at Bovada as of August 3
Atlanta Falcons +130
New Orleans Saints +150
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +500
Carolina Panthers +550