Online NFL Betting Siding With Bucs Over Cardinals
Posted by: Charlie Smith
After having their first game of the 2017 online NFL betting season postponed, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fought their way to a 2-2 record. This weekend, the Buccaneers will try to improve on that .500 record as they travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. Like the Bucs, the Cards aren’t quite finding the success they were expecting to in 2017. At 2-3, Arizona is having a hard time measuring up to both the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams. This Sunday, Arizona will have an opportunity to gain some ground in the NFC West as they take on Tampa Bay. Let’s see which team online sportsbooks peg as the favorites.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals – Sunday, October 15th
When: 4:05 pm ET
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2 (-110) 45 ½ (-110) -130
Arizona Cardinals +2 (-110) 45 ½ (-110) +110
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There’s no doubt that the Bucs will be trying to win this game this Sunday. However, some off the field, or rather on the anthem, issues have begun to affect this franchise. Anyone who has placed a bet on NFL games in 2017 knows that the league is currently engulfed in a controversy regarding players protesting the national anthem. Things have become even more controversial thanks to Trump’s incessant bashing of players who protest, even going as far as calling them SOBs. This only added fuel to an already raging fire and ultimately resulted in even more players joining the anthem protests.
Since then, things have only escalated. Trump, who started to call upon league owners and the league itself, began exercising his substantial influence. Specifically, Trump went for what the league cares about more than anything else: its pockets. With one tweet, Trump questioned why the NFL was receiving huge tax breaks while having players who were so disrespectful towards the country and its military. In response, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a letter stating that the league expects its players to stand at attention during the anthem. Also, a big part of the pushback came from Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones. Jones emphatically stated on a radio show that any player who knelt would not play, claiming that his players were not going to disrespect the flag or anthem.
The issue is that the protest was never about disrespecting the flag nor the military. At its inception, Kaepernick was looking to bring attention to social injustice his community was facing. But the narrative has drastically changed since then and it could certainly impact the Bucs this weekend.
“I don’t think guys are gonna like it,” Tampa Bays’ defensive tackle Gerald McCoy told the media in response to Goodell’s letter that suggested kneeling would be banned in the league. “I think it’s gonna be an uproar if that is to happen.”
While Tampa Bay’s owner hasn’t quite taken the stance Jones has, there’s no denying there’s an unusually tense atmosphere surrounding this team. Ultimately this controversy could impact every team in the league, but this week it looks like it might be having a larger influence on Tampa Bay.
At 2-3, the Cards have some room to make up in the division. However, the Cardinals have gone out and found some help to aid their ailing running game. Arizona was expecting plenty of success on the ground this season, due in part to the success David Johnson found last season. But as early as Week 1, the Cardinals lost Johnson to a season-ending injury. Since then, Arizona hasn’t been able to mount any semblance of a running game, ranking 21st in the league on the ground.
Enter Adrian Peterson, one of the toughest running backs online NFL betting fans have ever come to know. Peterson, who joined the New Orleans Saints this past offseason, hadn’t found much success in the NFC South. However, that’s not a sign that the runningback is washed up. Rather, it reflects a poor understanding of football from New Orleans.
Peterson was never successful with a few carriers. Instead, the empowering style of play Peterson brings to the table requires roughly 30 carries per game. With that many touches, Peterson is able to wear down a defense and then break out those big runs he’s known for. The Saints, being a pass-first team, never used Peterson properly. The Cardinals however, will.