What looked like a great matchup for gamblers betting NFL action before the season began now looks severely tilted in favor of the Bucs. Online NFL betting numbers indicate that Tampa looks headed to the playoffs while the Chargers are in the midst of a bitterly disappointing season.
Online NFL betting history is not on Tampa Bay’s side in this game. While the Bucs have played far better than San Diego this online NFL betting season, they have really struggled in this series against the Chargers. The Chargers are 6-1 in the last seven online NFL betting meetings against Tampa Bay. The teams don’t meet that often though so that is something to remember when betting NFL odds. The last meeting was in 2004 in San Diego as the Chargers won 31-24 as online NFL betting results show. You then have to go back to 1996 for the previous meeting.
San Diego’s problems have mainly been on the defensive side of the ball as they rank in the bottom third of the league as online NFL betting stats show. The Chargers have been in the Top 10 on offense as online NFL betting numbers indicate but their defense has just been far too generous this season. Philip Rivers has been solid at quarterback for the Chargers offensively but LaDainian Tomlinson has had the worst year of his career. San Diego just has not been able to score enough to make up for a weak defense that lost Shawne Merriman early in the season.
Tampa Bay has been very good on both sides of the ball according to online NFL betting stats, particularly defensively. The Bucs have been in the Top 5 on defense as online NFL betting numbers show and their offense has been good enough to win games. Jeff Garcia is a very efficient quarterback and he usually does enough for Tampa to win close games. NFL betting gamblers will probably lean toward the Bucs on the NFL Week 16 odds board.
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