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NFL Betting: Book rooting for Bucs, Giants

Last week, sportsbooks were cheering against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with everything they had. This week, the books are the Bucs’ biggest fans out there. 

Tampa Bay hosts the New Orleans Saints, who are 3.5-point favorites. 

“The book needs Tampa Bay +3.5 HUGE,”  Bovada oddsmaker Kevin Bradley wrote in an email. “Last week they were also involved in our biggest Sunday decision, but we needed them not to cover; the life of a bookmaker.”

The Bucs lost at the New York Jets last week on a last-second field goal, giving Bovada and other books one of their biggest wins of the opening weekend. 

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Now, they’re rooting for Tampa Bay to turn things around. But it might not be easy against a Saints team with an upgraded defense and Drew Brees. Plus, the Bucs have a little bit of team turmoil going on with their own quarterback. Josh Freeman is no longer a team captain, after he overslept and missed the team photo last week. 

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In addition to the troubled Bucs,  Bovada is rooting heavily for Eli Manning and the New York Giants against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. The visiting Broncos are 4.5-point favorites and had a few extra days to prepare after opening on Thursday night. The Giants turned the ball over six times in their opening loss at Dallas.

The Giants are Bovada’s second biggest decision of the week, Bradley said. “I expect it to only get bigger,” he added. That means if you like the Broncos, you’d be wise to grab them early, before this line grows.

The most lopsided action on a total is in the San Diego-Philadelphia game, with bettors loading up on OVER 55. Hard to blame them, after seeing the Eagles’ up-tempo attack shred the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

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