A pair of exciting, yet underperforming sides will face-off during the early slate of Week 10 NFL action as the 3-5-1 Arizona Cardinals head to Tampa Bay to take on the 2-6 Buccaneers.
For Tampa Bay, there is so much there than their record shows. Their offense is legitimately a threat whenever it has the ball, but they’ve been porous on defense. Last week, they had no business losing to Seattle after leading for the entire game, before succumbing late in a total collapse. They’ll look to dust themselves off and rebound to try and salvage this season for the remaining weeks.
The Cardinals are very similar to what the Bucs have shown of late. Immensely talented with many key pieces littered throughout the roster, yet Kliff Kingsbury’s side just keeps on finding ways to lose football games. Kyler Murray is in the midst of an impressive rookie season, and if/when he gets solid protection – this remains an elite offense. The Cards too have issues defensively, and because of this it should produce a pretty exciting game within the early slate.
As always, read on below the odds for a match breakdown and betting analysis. It has been a wildly profitable NFL season for us here at TheSportsGeek, so keep on reading for the official betting recommendation for the Bucs/Cardinals in Week 10. Enjoy!
Cardinals vs. Buccaneers Betting Odds:
Arizona Cardinals +4.5 (-110)
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers -4.5 (-110)
Over 52 (-110)
Under 52 (-110)
Cardinals vs. Buccaneers Pick:
As the high total in this game would indicate, expect points and lots of fireworks between these two talented teams. There will be touchdowns and there will be mistakes, and likely the team that makes fewer mistakes will emerge victorious come Sunday afternoon.
Last week had to be tough to swallow for the Buccaneers. Jameis Winston actually wasn’t that bad and limited his mistakes, and still Tampa Bay lost. You really do have to wonder about the mood within this team right now entering Week 10 with a dismal 2-6 record with no shot of the playoffs. It was supposed to be a different year in Tampa Bay, but that just has not materialized.
Expect Winston to sulk and revert to his turnover-prone self in Week 10, especially with some of the pressure Arizona will be able to apply. His offensive line play hasn’t been all that great recently, and Terrell Suggs and Chandler Jones of the Cardinals should be in his face for all four quarters. This should create havoc in the pocket and force the former Florida St. product into all kinds of mistakes and hurried throws. Beyond this, expect Mike Evans to be fully blanketed by the talented Patrick Peterson – and as a result it should make Winston overly reliant on Chris Godwin. That could be a recipe for some turnovers.
For the Cardinals, some recent personnel changes to their offensive line have helped with protection and blocking schemes, and Kyler Murray is finally getting the time and space to show how effective he can truly be. The Bucs have defensive talent, but haven’t been generating all that much pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and that should continue hee on Sunday. With space to operate, Murray should be able to pick on some truly woeful corners of the Buccaneers. Expect a big game through the air for Murray.
It’s going to be a tough spot for the Bucs to come in and pick themselves up off the mat for this contest after last week’s collapse. Arizona have had extra time to prepare for this game, and without the same expectations as their Week 10 opponents – they’re content to just compete every week. At small underdogs, there is definite value on Murray and the Cardinals, and don’t be surprised to see them win outright on Sunday.