Buccaneers Cardinals Betting – Cardinals Get Back On Track At Home
The sports betting world is still trying to figure out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After their week seven win over the St. Louis Rams, the Bucs are 4-2 and only one win behind the NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons. The Arizona Cardinals are having problems creating their own NFL scores with a revolving door policy at quarterback.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Sunday, October 31st, 4:15 PM ET
- Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
- Pick: Arizona Cardinals -3
What’s On The Line
The Cardinals (3-3) are still trying to figure out what they are doing at quarterback. Max Hall had his first NFL start against the Seattle Seahawks last week and was pulled in favor of the benched Derek Anderson in the third quarter. The Bucs are just trying to maintain their status as one of the top teams in the NFC.
Offensive Matchups: Buccaneers Cardinals Betting
The Cardinals are still lost in the woods without retired quarterback Kurt Warner. The team had no plan at quarterback in the offseason, and the decision to keep Derek Anderson and cut Matt Leinart shows that the team never had a plan all along. The combined efforts of both Hall and Anderson netted only 132 yards in the air and an interception thrown by Hall.
Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman just keeps rolling along. In the Tampa Bay week seven win over the St. Louis Rams, Freeman threw for 212 yards and a touchdown. The Bucs have no running game as all of their running backs combined do not have 500 yards rushing yet this season. However, Freeman keeps the team moving along and winning by the narrowest of margins.
Betting Edge: Buccaneers
Defensive Matchups: Buccaneers Cardinals Betting
The Cardinals are lucky to be 3-3 right now. Their defense is ranked 27th overall allowing an average of 369 yards per game. Teams are scoring an average of 27 points per game against the Arizona defense and, perhaps more importantly for the Buccaneers, the Cardinals defense is allowing 227 yards a game in the ranking them 21st in the league.
Tampa Bay’s defense is stifling against the pass. Few of the preseason NFL betting predictions had the Buccaneers defense capable in the pass rush, but the team is ranked sixth, only allowing 196 yards per game in the air. The problem for Tampa is that their rush defense is ranked 31st, and that may open a door for Arizona running back Tim Hightower.
Betting Edge: Buccaneers
Notable Injuries: Buccaneers Cardinals Betting
Neither team has any injuries to report for this game.
Betting Edge: None
Outlook and Pick: Buccaneers Cardinals Betting
The Bucs defense won’t have to worry about the Arizona passing game, but that weak Tampa run defense will have its hands full against the Cardinal running game and Tim Hightower. This game will become a shootout that should favor Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the Bucs have a really bad history of losing key games this season.
Final Pick: Arizona Cardinals