How To Bet On Patriots Buccaneers – New England is Too Much for Young Bucs
New England Patriots @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Friday August 24, 2012 7:30PM EST
The fans in Tampa Bay are going to have to start being more patient. The online betting world saw how difficult it is to throw superstars together and hope for a great team with last year's Philadelphia Eagles. It happens in every sport. The Los Angeles Angels of MLB spent a fortune on a team that may not make the playoffs. But people have to remember that these are human beings and not robots. A successful sports team needs to build a chemistry before it can be truly effective. It will take time in Tampa Bay, but the pieces are definitely there.
The New England Patriots are old pros at winning preseason games in the third week. Everyone knows that the third week is when all of the starters get a chance to play more and the depth players take a seat. The NFL betting world is very familiar with what the New England Patriots' starters are capable of. Head coach Bill Belichick will not worry about tipping his hand with game planning in this game because everyone already knows what the Patriots will do when the ball kicks off for real. The problem is that no one has really be able to stop the Patriots except the New York Giants, and the Giants are somewhere else in week three of the preseason.
Why the Buccaneers Will Win
This is the game where Tampa Bay fans will get a good look at what they can expect for the 2012 season. But everyone has to remember that quarterback Josh Freeman and wide receiver Vincent Jackson have not had time to develop their timing yet. With running back Legarrette Blount getting injured in preseason week two and probably destined for the bench in this game, the running game will be affected. But the Buccaneers still have a potentially powerful offense that could be a little too much for a Patriots' defense that is still developing.
Why the Patriots Will Win
While the online casino players can expect to see quarterback Tom Brady and crew for much of the first half, that is not the group that Belichick will have his eye on. The Patriots are pretty set on offense and Belichick usually allows Tom Brady to give input on offensive talent evaluation anyways. What Belichick will be watching is his defense. The defense the Patriots brought into the 2012 preseason is much better than the defense it had in last year's Super Bowl, but much of the squad is still very young. A seasoned head coach like Bill Belichick will know exactly how to bring this defense along and turn it into the championship caliber squad he is looking for. With a little help from the offense in this game, the defense could finally shut down a team and help the Patriots to win a game.
The Bottom Line
Nothing helps a team play better together than experience in a regular season game. Unfortunately, the Bucs have not had any experience playing together in the regular season just yet. Tampa Bay will make mistakes on offense and the Patriots will capitalize on those mistakes. But this will be a much closer game than people may expect. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be young, but it is still a talented bunch. The Patriots should win this game, but the Bucs' offense will give the Patriots new defense all it can handle.
Pick: New England Patriots