NFL Preseason Betting: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills
- Updated: August 22, 2014
Football Betting at VietBet — Bucs Want to Turn Up Heat, But Bills May Be Ready For the No-Huddle
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not won yet in the pre-season, and certainly they would like to get a more solid performance, especially as it takes place in the third game, which is traditionally the time for the “dress rehearsal” for NFL teams. On Saturday afternoon they will take the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY against the Buffalo Bills in football betting action that is set to kick off at 4:30 PM ET.
The Bills are in a slightly different situation than the Bucs in that they have already played three pre-season games, having competed in the Hall of Fame Game. They lost that one to the New York Giants, and also fell last week to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tampa Bay is in a period of some transition as Lovie Smith has taken over as head coach, installing Josh McCown as the starting quarterback. The Bills have their starter in E.J. Manuel, and still have something to settle as far as backup roles are concerned.
In the football betting odds that have been established on this game by the people at VietBet, the Bills are favored by a field goal:
Buffalo Bills -3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3
Over 41.5 Points -110
Under 41.5 Points -110
No one is going to accuse Smith of not being about discipline, but his style is somewhat different than that of his more hard-nosed predecessor, Greg Schiano, and we suspect that is reflected in the mood at camp. At the same time, Smith is working his team in 100-degree heat, eschewing any opportunity to schedule workouts for a “cooler” part of the day. He simply wants them to be ready for it, and thereby give his team whatever advantage it can get in the early going.
Football bettors have also gotten confirmation from Smith that the starters will play into the third quarter, and it’s a good bet that for at least part of that time, they will be using a no-huddle offense, which McCown is experienced enough to handle. That will be something that can put a lot of pressure on an opposing defense in the heat. But the Bucs (+3000 to win the NFC in the NFL futures atVietBet) have to run successfully, or else the defense will be gassed before long. And that defense, in this game,.will probably be without Alterraun Verner, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury for most of camp. In that regard, he joins fellow starting cornerback Mike Jenkins.
Is there a spot for Robert Woods? He looked like Buffalo’s best receiver at times last year, but he is going to have Manuel looking his way less with the acquisition of Mike Williams and the selection of Sammy Watkins in the first round of the draft. But maybe, in this game where the starters will log the most time they have through the pre-season schedule, Woods will get more of an opportunity to contribute, since Watkins’ rib injury has kept him out of team drills lately. This could also be a pivotal game for world-class sprinter Marquise Goodwin, who is trying to break out of just being a return man.
The question among VietBet patrons as to who Buffalo’s backup QB will be may have been answered already, as Jeff Tuel, who has shown some ability to improvise, has been getting the work in drills with the second team. Thaddeus Lewis, who got five starts last year when Manuel was sidelined, may be the odd man out.
There was quite a brawl at Wednesday’s Bills practice, as rookie defensive end Bryan Johnson ripped off center Eric Wood’s helmet, then punched him, which prompted Wood to threaten to kill Johnson. Maybe this is the kind of thing Johnson, who is desperate to make the team, needs to do to get the staff’s attention.
Buffalo has a lot of speed among the skill players, and that will be put on display here. Another factor is that they have already seen plenty of the no-huddle attack, as they played the Steelers (who are employing it more and more) last week. Inasmuch as Tuel really looks comfortable in the offense now, it may not be a bad idea to lay the points in the football betting odds.
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.
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