Week 9 NFL Betting: Giants Go for Redemption Against Buccaneers

Posted by Aaron . on November 7, 2015 in

The New York Giants are fortunate to be playing in the NFC East, because it’s the only division in the National Football League in which they would be in first place with the team they have. They rolled up 49 points against the New Orleans Saints in Week 8, but their defense was so awful that they permitted 52 in a terrible loss. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into this Week 9 matchup off a confidence-boosting win against the Atlanta Falcons, but while they head back home for this coming game, oddsmakers list the Bucs as 2.5 home dogs in the NFL betting odds for this week.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 8th, 4:05 PM
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
TV: Fox
Radio: 620 WDAE – Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio
Odds: Giants -2½

Giants quarterback Eli Manning played an otherworldly game this past week against the Saints, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. The Giants defense permitted 614 total yards from the Saints, leaving Manning’s terrific effort on the scrap heap. Manning did throw for six touchdowns and 350 yards, going 30 for 41 without any interceptions. His favorite target was star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. who caught eight balls for 130 yards and three scores.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

They will once again be the focus of the Giants’ offense, as the Tampa Bay defense is suspect, permitting 28.4 points per game. However, Manning can’t play on both sides of the ball; the defense for New York will have to play better to keep another avoidable loss from happening. The Giants’ passing defense has been very charitable this year, permitting 316 yards per game. Prince Amukamara (pectoral injury) still in the injury list, and will miss his fourth straight game after suffering a partially torn pectoral in a Sunday night victory against the 49ers.

NY Giants

The Giants are also trying to get defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul back onto the field as he recovers from his finger amputation. The defensive line for New York only has nine sacks so far this year, worst in the NFL. In their last seven road games, the Giants are 5-1-1 against the spread.

Betting Odds Trends

New York Giants

Yes, the Buccaneers beat the Falcons, but they almost threw away a 17-point lead in their overtime win. The Bucs are only 1-9 straight up and 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 home games. The Bucs relied on their backfield, which picked up 117 yards and a touchdown. Doug Martin carried the ball 23 times for 71 yards. The Buccaneers average 131.3 yards per game on the ground (#4 in the NFL) but they may open the passing game up more this week given the awful passing defense the Giants put out on the field. Winston threw seven picks between Weeks 1 and 4 but hasn’t thrown any n the last three. He went 16 for 29 with 177 yards against the Falcons, and he may be building some confidence. Wideout Vincent Jackson is likely to be out with a knee injury, so his key target will be 6’5” wideout Mike Evans, who will cause matchup problems with the Giants. He leads Tampa Bay with 386 receiving yards on 24 catches this year.