Date/Time: December 2nd, 4:05 P.M. ET
NFL Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Denver -7
NFL Betting Game Trends
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing Denver
- Tampa Bay is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games
- Tampa Bay is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 8 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 8 games on the road
- Denver is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
- Denver is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
- The total has gone OVER in 17 of Denver’s last 24 games at home
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take their show on the road this weekend to take on the Denver Broncos in a pivotal battle on the NFL betting odds across both the AFC and the NFC.
For Tampa Bay, this is going to be a heck of a challenge. The team has had a terrible time this year trying to defend the pass, and it has the dead last rated pass defense in the league this year. Now, it runs into one of the best quarterbacks who ever played the game in his new stadium. To make matters worse, both starting DBs from this year, DB Aqib Talib (traded), and Eric Wright (failed drug test) aren’t going to be on the field, and the offensive line really looks like it is patchwork at this point. QB Josh Freeman and RB Doug Martin have both had great years though, and they are going to hope to keep the Tampa Bay offense moving, something that is clearly going to be a pre-requisite to win, or even compete in this game. The Bucs just had their four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons last week 24-23 at home.
Denver is starting to really walk away with the AFC West, and there is no excuse not to win the division going away at this point. QB Peyton Manning’s streak of five straight games with at least three TD passes came to a close last week in an ugly 17-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but the game was won nonetheless, and the team kept pace with the rest of the great clubs in the AFC. RB Knowshon Moreno stepped into the backfield in place of the injured RB Willis McGahee, and he had a nice day, carrying the ball 20 times and inching near the 100 yard mark. However, this game is clearly all about Peyton going against this horrendous secondary. Remember that Tampa Bay also has one of the best rush defenses in the game, so we expect to see a lot more of No. 18 putting the ball in the air and a lot less of Moreno, RB Ronnie Hillman, and RB Lance Ball keeping it on the ground. This Denver defense is coming off of another good game in which it didn’t allow a touchdown to the Chiefs, and DE Elvis Dumervil and the gang are going to try to make that stand up once again this week.
It’s just not a pretty game for Tampa Bay. The Bucs are getting over 60% of the public action as of the middle of the week, and the line isn’t moving anywhere. Tampa Bay is a great story, but it isn’t a playoff team yet. Now, it has to go out West after an emotional loss, and we really think that the end result is that Manning and the crew are going to go back to their normal ways of putting 30+ on the board, and the Buccaneers won’t be able to keep up. Denver 34 – Tampa Bay 20
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