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Don’t Trust NFL Betting Odds; Bucs Over the Chargers

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Betting Buccaneers vs Chargers on NFL Week 13

Creating a good first impression is always important, especially when you’re a new hire. At times it can be difficult, but Dirk Koetter is making it look easy. Koetter of course is the man the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought in to replace Lovie Smith. In 2015, Smith led the Buccaneers to a horrendous 6-10 record, and because of such a pitiful season, the sportsbooks weren’t predicting too much success for Tampa Bay in 2016. But Koetter wouldn’t let the NFL betting odds stop him from surprising the online gambling community, and heading into Week 13 the Bucs are legitimate playoff contenders. It hasn’t been the smoothest sailing, but Koetter was able to take a 6-10 ship and turn it around. As things stand now, Koetter’s Bucs have already tied Smith’s 2015 wins. At 6-5, and with 5 games left to play in the season, Tampa Bay can buckle down and clinch a playoff berth. Once inside the playoffs anything is possible, but no matter how the season ends, Koetter has made a great impression in his first year.

In Week 13, Koetter will try to lead the Buccaneers to a win over the San Diego Chargers. Like the Bucs, San Diego didn’t have a whole lot of expectations for 2016. But unlike Tampa Bay, San Diego is all but statistically out of the playoffs. Even though they’re not playing to qualify for the postseason, the Chargers could still foil Tampa Bay’s chances. Do the NFL betting odds predict a San Diego upset?

NFL Odds – Week 13 – Sunday, December 4th

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3½ (-105) 47 (-115)
San Diego Chargers -3½ (-115) 47 (-105)

Notwithstanding the fact that San Diego is 5-6, the odds have still decided to favor the Chargers this Sunday. Which comes off as a bit of a surprise, especially when considering that the Bucs are coming off a win against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks were one of the few teams the odds were favoring to make the Super Bowl, and seeing the Bucs triumph over such a quality team only validates the strength of Tampa Bay’s football team. In addition, the Bucs will be coming into this contest with a 3-game winning streak that includes a win over the Kansas City Chiefs. That brings the total to 2 playoff-caliper teams the Bucs have beaten in recent weeks; they should have no problems against San Diego.

The Chargers have only won two games back to back this season, and it certainly wasn’t in recent weeks. San Diego will be coming off a win against the Texans, but before that contest they lost to the Dolphins. The NFL betting odds may be siding with the Chargers, but I just don’t see San Diego’s defense beating Tampa Bay, given the Bucs recent track record.