Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals
Time: 4:05 PM ET
Spread: ARI -7.5
M/L: ARI -340, TAM +280
Betting odds c/o 5dimes
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers left Week 1 as 31-24 road victors over the Atlanta Falcons, and it is hoping Week 2 brings similar road success as it travels to face the Arizona Cardinals as 7.5-point underdogs on NFL oddsmaker 5dimes.
Tampa Bay got a lot from second-year QB Jameis Winston in the debut of his sophomore season. The former Heisman trophy winner threw for 281 yards on 23 of 32 passing, with four TDs and just one interception, while incurring no sacks at all. His passer rating was 125.1, and he got the WR unit going strong: Mike Evans led the way with 99 yards on five catches including a TD, and six other Buccaneers had 30 or more yards on the day as the Bucs completed 23 passes at a 12.2 per attempt average.
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Defensively, Kwon Alexander was everything. He had 17 tackles, including 15 solos, one sack, and two tackles for loss. Chris Conte also had 11 tackles (seven solo)and the Bucs had three sacks as a team and eight tackles for loss. The Falcons averaged just 2.4 yard per rush on their 22 attempts and the effort from the Tampa defense was exceptional.
Winston threw for 4,042 yards as a rookie while completing 58.3 percent of his passes last season, but this year he could up that figure to the mid 60 percents. He averaged 7.56 yards per attempt last year with 22 TD passes and 15 interceptions, but look for that ratio to improve headily too.
Winston has some mechanical flaws but is as talented a QB as they come and just 22 years of age after being selected No. 1 overall in the 2015 draft. He came from the veritable QB factory that is FSU, and he also rushed for 213 yards on 54 attempts last season, averaging 3.9 yards per attempt. Week 1 saw Winston attempt just one rush, but that should increase in Week 2 against the Cardinals.
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Arizona fell at home 23-21 to the New England Patriots in Week 1. Carson Palmer threw 24 of 37 for completion for 271 yards and two TDs, but he was sacked three times for a loss of 19 total yards, and his passer rating was merely respectable at 104.7. David Johnson had success rushing the football with 89 yards on 16 carries and a TD, but Chris Johnson and Palmer generated just three yards outside of him as the Cardinals finished with 92 rushing yards on the game.
Veteran wideout Larry Fitzgerald was the star of the offense with eight catches for 81 yards and two TDs, and Michael Floyd also had 61 yards on three catches as the Cardinals caught 24 passes at an 11.3 yard per attempt average. Fitzgerald was targeted 10 times and came away with eight, including a long of 21-yards. He is battling a knee issue and it unknown whether he will suit up for today’s game.
The Cardinals defense had two sacks and six tackles for loss. Tony Jefferson had 10 tackles (nine solo) and two for loss, while Tyvon Branch had seven solo tackles as did Tyrann Mathieu. Andre Ellington returned four kicks for 61 total yards with a long of 21-yards, and Patrick Peterson returned one punt for eight yards. Drew Butler struggled punting, with just 36.0 yards per punt on five attempts and a long of just 41-yards, though he did place two within the 20 yard line.