Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos Pick and Preview
- Updated: October 4, 2008
NFL Betting Preview
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) at Denver Broncos (3-1)
Sunday, 4:05 pm Eastern – FOX
SBG Global Opening Line: Broncos – 3 , Total 48
One of the more entertaining games on Sunday could be in Denver as the high scoring Broncos host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Broncos offense has bailed them out in most games but it couldn’t do enough last week in the loss to Kansas City. The Broncos rank 30th in the league in yards allowed and 31st in points allowed. “We’ve got to find a way to be more consistent,” cornerback Dre’ Bly said. “Defensively, we haven’t had the year we want to have.” The Broncos still could be unbeaten though if their offense had not turned the ball over four times last week and settled for field goals. “Any offense that does that to a defense, there’s no chance,” said Denver head coach Mike Shanahan, “People will point to the defense, but that’s so far from the truth. We’ve got to play better. We’ve got some work to do. But it was not quite as bad as it looked in those final stats.” SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Broncos at Home.
The Bucs have won three straight and are tied for first place in the NFC South with Carolina. The Bucs have been led by linebacker Derrick Brooks and a defense that makes plays. “Unbelievable,” coach Jon Gruden said. “We know he’s been nursing and working through an injury. What he played like today was the Derrick Brooks that everybody recognizes. He made plays sideline to sideline. There’s a lot of strength left in Derrick Brooks and we need him in the final 12 weeks.”
Tampa head coach Jon Gruden has not had much success against Denver. He is 1-8 in his head coaching career against the Broncos. Here are more NFL betting stats for Sunday’s game. The Buccaneers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
The Broncos are 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 games on grass. The Broncos are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 home games. The Broncos are 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Broncos are 3-10 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
SBG Global Current Line: Broncos – 3 , Total 47.5
The Over is 6-0 in the Buccaneers last 6 road games. The Over is 8-2 in the Buccaneers last 10 games overall. The Over is 13-3-1 in the Broncos last 17 home games. The Over is 21-5-1 in the Broncos last 27 games overall. The Over is 5-2-1 in the Broncos last 8 games in Week 5.
Pick: Bucs 2 out of 5 units, Over 2 out of 5 units
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