2013 NFL on FOX Week 4 Odds & Point Spread: Cardinals vs. Buccaneers Print
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:00
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Cardinals vs. Bucs Odds

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TAMPA, FL (The Spread) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope to get on the winning track this Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals at 1PM ET on FOX.

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Tampa Bay is 0-3 on the season, 0-1 at home and 1-2 against the spread. Arizona is 1-2 overall, 0-2 on the road and 2-1 against the spread. Tampa Bay has won its last two against Arizona coming into Sunday’s contest

Trends show that the Cardinals are 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games following a failed cover. Tampa Bay is 10-25-1 ATS in its last 36 home games and 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games against a team with a losing record.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Tampa Bay is the favorite at home, as the Buccaneers have odds of -3 points against the Cardinals. The over/under total for the game has been set at 40.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Tampa Bay favored by 2.5 points. The spread has since made the bump up to 3 points. The over/under total for the game hasn’t changed since opening at 40.5 points.

The Cardinals were dismantled by New Orleans last week, losing 31-7 on the road. The Cardinals have allowed at least 21 points in all three games this season and they are giving up nearly 300 passing yards per game. The Arizona offense hasn’t been outstanding, racking up just 328.3 yards per game. Carson Palmer has thrown for 762 yards and three touchdowns this season while giving up four interceptions. The defense is being led by Darnell Dockett, who has three sacks through the three games.

Tampa Bay is coming off a 23-3 loss at New England, dropping Tampa to 0-3 on the season. The Bucs haven’t played all that bad defensively, allowing just 19 points and 344.3 yards per game. The issue with Tampa is its offense, which is posting only 11.3 points and 282 yards per game. Quarterback Josh Freeman has thrown for 571 yards with two touchdowns and three INTs in the three games while Doug Martin has rushed for 297 yards and a touchdown. The defense is being led by Lavonte David, who has three sacks, 23 tackles and one interception on the year.

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In terms of Injuries, Arizona safety Rashad Johnson (finger) and linebacker Kevin Minter (hamstring) are questionable for the game. Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson (ribs) and tight end Tom Crabtree (ankle) are both questionable for this contest as well.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Arizona by a slight margin, as the Cardinals are getting 51% of the wagers with a point spread of +3 at Tampa Bay.

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