|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLIt's the Pats and the Bucs squaring off Friday night on the Gulf coast as New England travels to Tampa, Fl. in week 3 of the 2012 NFL preseason. The games specific location is Raymond James Stadium and the first kick is scheduled for 7:30ET.
New England (1-1) basically rested everyone in last weeks 27-17 loss to Philadelphia. With that game played on Monday night, coach Bill Belichick decided his assets such as Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker were too valuable to risk with just a 4 day turnaround between contests. So all should be rested and ready for this one. The Pats will be without S Patrick Chung who was hurt in the Eagles game, along with TE Visanthe Shiancoe and WR Jabar Gaffney on the injured list.
Tampa (1-1) forgot to bring an offense to their preseason home opener last week, posting just 81 yards total and 6 first downs in a 30-7 loss to Tennessee. Tampa TE Luke Stocker may return after missing the Titans fiasco, but WR Arrelious Benn remains out.
In last years exhibition matchup between these two teams the Pats emerged victorious 30-14. In 9 all time preseason contests between these teams the Bucs are up 7-2. The last time they met in the regular season, in 2009 in Tampa Bay, the Patriots easily won, 35-7. The Pats have won both meetings between these two teams since 2001.
The Patriots are 1-1 SU in the preseason, and have yet to play on the road. They are 0-2 ATS, and 0-1 ATS as the favorite. The Bucs are 1-1 SU, and 0-1 SU at home. They are 1-1 ATS, and 0-1 ATS in Tampa Bay.
New England is a 6.5 point road favorite from Bet Royal sportsbook on a $110/$100 moneyline. This is the first time this year that the Patriots have been an away favorite, as well as the first time the Bucs have been listed as the home underdog. The moneyline is also a -$110 on the under/over of 44 total points.