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PATRIOTS VS BUCCANEERS
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The betting odds opened up with the road squad New England Patriots favored by -5 ½ points with a total of 44 points.
Money early has been Patriots money as New England is now favored by -6 points. The total has moved up a notch to a current line of 44 ½ points.
New England Patriots money line bettors will lay -250 odds with the return on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at +210 odds to post the straight up win with no need for points on their side.
The Patriots rested many of their starters last week as they fall 27-17 to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football as a +3 point home underdog. The game went over 40 ½ points.
Tom Brady rested so Brian Hoyer his backup got the start and completed just 5 of 17 passes for 55 yards. Second year man Ryan Mallet threw for 105 yards and a touchdown and he completed 10 of his 20 passes.
Stevan Ridley led the club with ten rushes for just 25 yards. Deion Branch the veteran receiver led New England with three catches for 51 yards.
The Patriots defense allowed Philadelphia 425 offensive yards with 281 yards coming from their passing game.
The Buccaneers are coming off the 30-7 road defeat last week to the Tennessee Titans as a -3 point home favorite to go to 1-1 on the year. The game went under 37 ½ points.
It was a very bad offensive performance for the Buccaneers. Starting quarterback Josh Freeman completed just 4 of 10 passes for 21 yards and a touchdown. Bret Ratliff hit on 2 of his 2 throws for 11 yards. Veteran backup Dan Orlovsky threw an interception and hit on just 1 of his 5 throws for 6 yards.
Michael Smith led Tampa Bay with 31 rushing yards on seven carries. Danny Noble led the Tampa Bay wide outs with an anemic 11 yards on two catches.
The Buccaneers defense allowed Tennessee 341 yards of offense with 216 yards coming from the Titans run game.
NFL Trend: New England Patriots are 0-2 ATS in the preseason.
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