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Tampa Bay Bucs vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview (Video)

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Sep/14/2011
Tampa Bay Bucs vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting

This Tampa Bay Bucs vs. Minnesota Vikings betting preview considers the fact that teams starting off 0-2 80 percent of the time do not make the post season.  One of these two teams will ultimately start off the 2011 season at 0-2. 

The Vikings host Tampa Bay as a -3 favorite. 

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Tampa Bay beat the Vikings at home back in 2008.

The Buccaneers are 12-1 Against The Spread in their last 13 games on fieldturf.

The Buccaneers are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 road games.

The Buccaneers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog of 0.5-3.0.

Tampa Bay is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.

The Vikings are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a home favorite.

The Vikings are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NFC.

The Vikings are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.

Bruce Marshall of DonBest.com:

Offensive line problems that surfaced in the summer when, among other things, grossly overweight LT Bryant McKinnie was released, did not abate in the Vikings opener.  Moreover, insiders were voicing concerns throughout the preseason about McNabb’s rapport (or lack thereof) with a new-look receiving corps still dealing with the departure of Sidney Rice to the Seahawks.

Those articulating such fears now seem omniscient after the former Eagles and Redskins pilot completed only 7-of-15 passes for a measly 39 yards, rarely daring to throw downfield in the opener vs. the Chargers.  Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier stated the obvious after the game, noting the Vikes need to better balance their offense.

At the moment, it looks like RB Adrian Peterson and not much else in the Twin Cities, although the always-dangerous Percy Harvin did bring the opening kickoff back 103 yards for a touchdown at Qualcomm.  Peterson rushed for 98 yards vs. the Chargers, well over half of Minnesota’s puny 187 yards worth of offense in the opener.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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