The NFL betting spotlight in this game will be on the Bucs as they try and pick a starting quarterback.
NFL bet odds have the Bucs as a 2.5 point NFL betting favorite with a total of 35. NFL betting information indicates that the Bucs will be playing both Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown for 1.5 quarters each on Thursday. That pretty much tells you the starters for Tampa Bay will be playing three quarters in this NFL bet matchup since each quarterback is getting an equal chance to win the job. Tampa head coach Raheem Morris originally said he wanted to name a starting quarterback before this week’s game as NFL bet notes tell us. Now he will wait until after this week’s game. "It still comes down to a body of work. Everything they've done to this point is not null and void; it's just that this is going to add on to the body of work of what's been going on.” Morris said. NFL bet stats tell us that McCown has completed 10 of 17 passes (58.8%) for 70 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a quarterback rating of 107.5 while Leftwich has completed 12 of 26 passes for 124 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and a rating of 73.2 in his action.
NFL betting has the Dolphins going with quarterback Chad Pennington for a little over a half followed by Chad Penne. NFL bet information tells us that the Bucs will have McCown and Leftwich followed by Josh Freeman in this Thursday matchup.
NFL betting indicates that Miami should have their starters playing into the third quarter. They may not go quite as long as Tampa Bay’s but overall the Dolphins have the better players as NFL bet stats show, so it may not matter. Miami is not getting a great deal of respect in NFL bet numbers even though they won the AFC East last season. Miami has a very tough NFL bet schedule but the Dolphins return everyone and look to be just as good as they were a year ago.
Tampa Bay and Miami have met 23 times in NFL bet preseason action. The teams have met eight times in NFL bet regular season action, splitting those eight meetings.