NFL Betting News - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Griese To Start | Bucs Open As 9 Point Fav Against Atlanta Falcons
September 10, 2008 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Brian Griese will start on Sunday against the visiting Atlanta Falcons. Starting QB Jeff Garcia sprained his ankle in the 24-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints and coach Jon Gruden is giving Garcia and extra weeks rest. QB Jeff Garcia led the Bucs last year to the NFC South title with great decision minimizing turnovers and played in the Pro Bowl.
The Atlanta Falcons will come to the Tampa Bay after their surprising week 1 34-21 win over the Detroit Lions. Michael "The Burner" Turner led a potent ground game against the leagues worst run defense in Detroit. Matt Ryan had an impressive debut 9-13 161 yard passing. The Bucs are coming off a 23-20 loss to the Saints that saw some big plays given up by the secondary to the Saints.
Atlanta Falcons Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Point Spread Bet Odds
Atlanta Falcons +7 1/2 -110
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -7 1/2 -110
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened as 9 point favorites and the point spread has dropped to 7 1/2 with QB Griese starting. The betting public has put money on the Falcons driving the spread down and sharps do not like the INTs and inconsistent play of Griese. The Falcons will pound the ball in a ground control game. Expect to Bucs to blitz rookie Matt Ryan.
Atlanta Falcons Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Moneyline Bet Odds
Atlanta Falcons +290
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -350
Atlanta Falcons Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Total Bet Odds
Over 38 -110
Under 38 -110
The Bucs defense is a couple of notches better than the Lions. Lean on the UNDER Total as the Falcons on the road will play field position running game and protect Matt Ryan. The Bucs defense will look to rebound from their poor play last week.
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