Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Art Aronson recommends a play on the Bucs +6.5
Setting the scene: Tampa looked impressive in its 31-24 win on the road at division rival Atlanta last week, a performance which has made us a believer. For this week at least. It’ll be a tall order to win back-to-back away from friendly confines to open the season, but the young and full of confidence Bucs will take their best shot and try to hit this reeling Cards team while it’s down.
Tampa Bay: Winston had four TD passes last week in a hostile environment and the second year-pro will be asked to duplicate that performance in another tough building. In all Winston was 23 of 33 for 281 yards, hooking up with four different players for major scores.
Arizona: We had a play on the UNDER in the Pats/Cards game on Sunday night. Arizona’s high-octane offense was slowed down by a New England defense which was ranked in the Top 10 a year ago. The game should have gone OVER obviously, but Chandler Catanzaro’s missed 47-yard FG with 41 seconds left to play sealed the home sides fate.
The bottom line: We also had the Patriots as the second part of a two-team 7-point teaser, getting down a few days earlier at +7. By closing the line moved to +9.5. Was last season a fluke for Carson Palmer? Only time will tell, however we didn’t see anything from the veteran or the Cardinals to warrant this large a spread, considering the talent and depth of their next opponent. While we wouldn’t be shocked by another outright upset, we’ll ultimately recommend to grab as many points as you can.