- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are (-260) favorites over the Cincinnati Bengals.
- The spread is set at (-6.0) Buccaneers.
- Joe Burrow of Cincinnati is expected to sit out in the preseason game while Tom Brady of Tampa is set to play.
TAMPA, Fla. – The first preseason game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cincinnati Bengals will be kicking off on Saturday, and betting fans are leaning heavily in the favor of the defending Super Bowl Champions Tampa to take the win.
Besides the fact that the Bengals were one of the worst teams in the league last season and the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl, Joe Burrow of the Bengals who is coming off of a massive season-ending injury is expected to sit out in this preseason matchup.
On the other end, Tom Brady of the Buccaneers is playing, giving even more reason for NFL betting fans to wager on the Bucs to be victorious.
Cincinnati Injury Troubles
Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Moneyline: Buccaneers -260, +215
- Spread: Buccaneers -6.0
- Totals: Over/Under 33.5
The Bengals sitting QB Joe Burrow is no surprise. The young star QB is coming off of an ACL injury and team owner Mike Brown has expressed that he does not want their franchise QB playing in any preseason games.
Burrow, Hopkins, Ogunjobi, F. Johnson, all not expected to play for the Bengals Saturday in Tampa.
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 12, 2021
Also recovering from an ACL is C Trey Hopkins who has also been announced to not be playing this weekend alongside OT Fred Johnson and DT Larry Ogunjobi. The Bengals team was beaten up badly last season so these precautions are unsurprising.
Betting fans who were thinking about taking the Bengals to pull the upset may be better off taking the totals. With the offense essentially out, and the Buccaneers playing their main defensive unit, this might be the perfect game to wager on the under.
The Bengals are actually 3-0-1 with hitting the UNDER with their last four games last season.
Tampa Eyeing Repeat
Meanwhile in Tampa, the Buccaneers are looking to get in midseason form early as they play for a potential repeat. Not only is star QB Tom Brady playing, but the entire lineup will be playing in this preseason matchup.
Arians said everybody will play in Saturday’s preseason opener, maybe a drive or two for Tom Brady.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 9, 2021
Buccaneers betting fans should also look for the Bucs to cover the spread. The defending Super Bowl Champions will essentially be going up against backups on a bad team so the winning margin should be big.
The Buccaneers are also only favored by 6 at regulated sports betting sites which they are likely to cover. Betting on the Bucs to cover the spread would payout more as they have (-260) odds to win outright, and (-110) to cover.
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