NFL Betting Odds Say the Brees is too Strong for the BucsPosted by: Charlie Smith
Before the NFL betting season even began, most sportsbooks weren’t exactly sure how the NFC South would shape up. Usually bookies will predict a clear cut winner, like how they predicted the New England Patriots winning the AFC East or the Green Bay Packers winning the NFC North. But the NFC South had some of the most even odds in all the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons were the team picked to win the division but right on their heels where both the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. The odds weren’t exactly sure which one of these three teams would end up claiming the division, but the one thing that they were sure of is that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would not be competing for the division title. 15 weeks down the line and that prediction couldn’t have been further from the truth.
Entering the NFL’s Week 16, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t the leaders of the NFC South, but they are on the verge of taking the division from Atlanta Falcons. Meanwhile, neither the Panthers nor the Saints are close to competing for the division title – which is one of the many ironies of NFL betting. Few people could have predicted such a disappointing season for the team that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl, but bookies are supposed to be able to foresee what no one else can.
In order for the Bucs to make the playoffs, they would need several teams to lose this Sunday, or they would need the Falcons to lose the remaining games on their schedule. It might not be a pretty picture, but there’s still hope for the 2016 Buccaneers. The most important thing Tampa Bay can do is take care of business this upcoming Saturday. Let’s see what kind of odds most sportsbooks are giving the Bucs in their contest against the New Orleans Saints.
NFL Odds – Week 16 – Saturday, December 24th
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3 (-115) 52½ (-110) +135
Despite the fact that the Buccaneers have fought their way to a winning record, the sportsbooks are still ruling them out and have actually broken from tradition by choosing the team with the losing record. Granted, that team has a Super Bowl-winning quarterback under center and quite possibly one of the most dangerous passing games in the NFL.
In fact, the Saints will be heading into Saturday’s contest with the best passing offense in the NFL. New Orleans rushing offense ranks as the 17th worst, but their passing game is so superior to everyone else’s that their total offense still ranks as the best in the game. In addition, the Saints are scoring the 2nd most amount of points in the NFL. Since the Bucs have the 20th worst pass defense in the NFL, it makes a little more sense to see the NFL betting odds rule them out this Saturday. However, the Bucs still have their eyes on the playoffs and only a fool would truly rule them out.