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After a 10-day rest, the Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay will host another game. This time it will be against a division rival – Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are coming off 4 straight preseason losses followed by a crushing loss at home in the season opener. Are the Falcons done before the season even begins? We’ll check the odds and the betting lines for that match below.
Tampa Bay vs Atlanta: The Spread betting says it all
Tampa Bay is currently favored by 12.5 points at home. The line is -12.5 @ -110. According to sportsbooks, this game is all but over even before kick-off. We like nothing about the spread as laying that many points, is ludicrous.
We cannot trust Tampa to surely cover because they were a 9-point favorite against Dallas at home and barely won by a last-second field goal. The turnover stats are also not in favor of the Buccaneers as they are at -3. It is true that Tampa is near the top of the league in yards per play at 6.7 and Atlanta is second to last at 4.1 but is that enough to warrant a 13-point difference in the game? We are passing on the spread here.
Our best bet on the Buccaneers vs Falcons match this Sunday
There is one thing we know for sure. Tampa can score points. We also know that Arthur Smith is a brilliant offensive mind and it’s only a matter of time before that Atlanta offense gels and starts putting points on the board
The total points line is currently O/U 52.0 @ -110 and we are betting the over. The only question mark is Tampa’s defense. If they stop Matt Ryan and company, then this total may very well go under.
However, we know that Atlanta is likely playing from behind, meaning that Ryan will have to throw a lot of passes. Furthermore, both teams’ run game isn’t at the top of the league in any metric. And finally, the Falcons defense is atrocious having allowed 434 yards to the Eagles at home last week. We are going with the over 52.0.
Interesting players to watch in the TB vs ATL game
Russell Gage: Gage is supposed to be the third if not the second option on that Atlanta offense. However, the wide receiver was held to 0 receptions on 2 targets in week 1. Tampa’s secondary is plagued by injuries right now and we don’t know if the Bucs can cover all of Atlanta’s receiving options. Watch out for Russ.
Ronald Jones II: After fumbling in the season opener and not returning to the game Jones was named the starting back by Bruce Arians this week. This is probably a schtick by the head coach to motivate his young player. Will he step up? We’ll see.
Our experts’ bonus bets for the game at hand
- 1st quarter spread: ATL Falcons +4.5 @ -120
- Winning Margin: Tampa Bay – 13-18 @ +400
- Player Passing Yards: Matt Ryan – Over 283.5 @ -120
FAQ about the division clash
- How long will Tom Brady play for? – recently he said he will try to play until he’s 50 years old.
- Will Antonio Brown score a touchdown? – He looks like a WR1 so why not.