Gambling On The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks: Against the Spread and Over/Under
By Ken Boehlke
Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The chances the Buccaneers win this weekend are about as likely as you and I being struck by lightning on the same day. Ok, fine it’s not that unlikely, but the Buccaneers are going to need something close to a miracle to pull this one off up in Seattle. But that’s where sports gambling comes in, rather than hope the Buccaneers win the game by one or more, take the points, and now we’ve got a game.
The Buccaneers/Seahawks game is currently sitting at Seattle -14.5 with a total of 40.5. We have three bets for you that we really like and think can make you some money tomorrow afternoon.
Let me start with the total. Everyone knows how good the Seattle defense is, especially at home. We also all somewhat understand the limitations of a Buccaneers offense with a backup (bad) quarterback, backup running back, and missing their second receiver. So the clear play is the under. Right?
Wrong. The Buccaneers defense has been struggling as of late and Seattle is coming off one of its worst performances of the year. I expect to see the Seahawks primed and ready to not only beat the Bucs, but to smash Tampa Bay because they want to restore the faith that they are among the league’s best teams. So, Seattle will want to take it to the wounded dog that is our Buccaneers and they likely won’t stop at any point to avenge last week’s near disaster. That leads us to play number one. Take the over (20.5) on the first half. It would really surprise me if the Seahawks don’t cover it on their own, but even if they don’t, the Bucs have been better in the first half than the second, that should continue.
But we won’t stop there with the overs. Play the over on the whole game too. I’m expecting the Seahawks to put about between 31-38 points. That leaves the Bucs to just need to cover 3-10. Based on the fact that this game likely won’t be competitive for the most of the second half, the defensive intensity will likely die down on both sides, and scoring will come.
Finally, lay the points and start praying to the god of backdoor covers that the Bucs don’t bite you in the butt. As mentioned earlier, I can see this game getting out of hand rather quickly. Seattle will likely lead by 21 at some point in the game. But a 21 point lead does not guarantee you a 14.5 point cover, as you are just a score away from the backdoor. Have faith in the fact that the Buccaneers have completely quit on their head coach (and DC) and put your money behind the winner of the game, rather than begging the Bucs to score the meaningless touchdown before the clock hits 00:00.
Over on the first half. (20.5)
Over for the game. (40.5)