While there is a stunning level of parity in the NFL this season, we are reaching the point of the season where teams still sitting below .500 need to start thinking seriously about the real possibility of missing the playoffs. There are several match-ups in Week 6 of the NFL season that need to be considered a must-win for each of the teams taking part, with one of the biggest of those games being the one that features the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road to the Arizona Cardinals, which is why we think our Expert NFL Betting Pick analysis can help you decide where to put your money.
The Bucs are favored by 1 ½, with the O/U set at 45 points. One of their early games in the season was canceled due to Hurricane Irma, which is why they are 2-2 through the first 5 weeks. The Cardinals are at 2-3 and really cannot afford to let another game slip, as they are fast approaching the point of no return. Both teams are having problems on the offensive side of the football and the Cardinals have tried to rectify that this week by picking up RB Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints.
Buccaneers (2-2) at Cardinals (2-3) Week 6 Game Preview & Expert NFL Betting Pick
Headlines: Ready to Bounce Back
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) 12 de octubre de 2017
- When: Sunday, October 15 at 4:05 PM EST
- Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix
- TV: FOX
- Radio: 620 AM (Tampa Bay) / 92.3 FM (Arizona)
- Live Stream: NFL Live
- NFL Week 6 Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1.5 (Over/Under at 45)
- Clear: 34°C/93°F
- Humidity: 6%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Cloud Cover: 0%
- Wind: 4 mph W
- Stadium Type: Retractable
- Total Meetings: 19
- First Meeting: December 18, 1977. Cardinals 7 – Buccaneers 17
- Last Meeting: September 9, 2016. Buccaneers 7 – Cardinals 40
- All-Time Series: Cardinals lead series 10-9-0
- Largest Margin of Victory: Cardinals by 33 points
- Longest Win Streak: Cardinals winning 5
- Current Win Streak: Cardinals winning 2
Why should the Buccaneers be your NFL Betting Pick?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a big step forward last season and were one of the most exciting teams to watch in the league. They had an active offseason, adding some veteran talent that made us all believe that they were going to challenge for the NFC South. It hasn’t worked out that way yet, though, as the Bucs have sputtered offensively through the opening weeks of the season and now find themselves in the division cellar.
Kicking has once again been an issue and it can be argued that they lost to the Patriots last weekend after Nick Folk missed 3 FG in a 19-14 loss. This has been a real problem for the Bucs over the last couple of seasons and they signed a new kicker earlier this week to address the issue. That said, if Winston and company could find their way to the end zone more often, kicking wouldn’t be an issue. While the Bucs are a healthy 8-4 SU in their last 12 games, they are not a team adept at covering the spread. They are 1-5 ATS in their last 6, and just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings with Arizona.
- Average Score For: 21.25
- Total Yards: 374
- Rush Yards: 86
- Passing Yards: 288
- Average Score Against: 20.75
- Total Yards: 396.25
- Rush Yards: 87.25
- Passing Yards: 309
Why should the Cardinals be your NFL Betting Pick?
It wasn’t so long ago that the Cardinals were one of the best offensive teams in the league, but age seems to be catching up to them, especially at the QB position, where Carson Palmer is really struggling. In an effort to take some of the weight off Palmer’s shoulders, the Cardinals went out this week and traded for Adrian Peterson in a move that reeks a little of desperation. Peterson was totally ineffective in his short stint in New Orleans and is there is little to suggest that he is going to be able to go in and ignite a sputtering offense.
The highest single-game point output for Arizona this season is 18, which came against a San Francisco team that is not exactly the cream of the NFL crop. Arizona is a solid 17-7-1 SU in their last 25 games, but have failed to cover in 5 straight, and are also just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Average Score For: 16.20
- Total Yards: 341
- Rush Yards: 51.80
- Passing Yards: 289.20
- Average Score Against: 25
- Total Yards: 326
- Rush Yards: 94.80
- Passing Yards: 231.20
Latest NFL Week 6 Betting Trends
- Buccaneers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games
- Buccaneers are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing Arizona
- Cardinals are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games
- Cardinals are 17-7-1 SU in their last 25 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games
Expert NFL Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction
This one is going to be close and I believe it may come down to a field goal, which are words that probably strike fear into the hearts of the Tampa Bay faithful. I believe it will be the Bucs who pull this one out, with the total falling just UNDER.
Score: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 – Arizona Cardinals 21