The Dolphins have a new head coach in Tony Sparano while the Buccaneers could have a new quarterback in Brett Favre. NFL betting odds on this game have the Dolphins as a two point football betting favorite with a total of 32.
Football betting attention will probably be on the Bucs if they get Favre but it is almost a certainty he wouldn’t play in this game anyway. The Bucs are also without starting quarterback Jeff Garcia who is recovering from injury.
NFL betting stats show that the two teams have faced each other a lot in preseason play. Football betting numbers have the Dolphins 14-8 against the Bucs in the preseason. The Dolphins have won two of the last three meetings according to football betting stats although Tampa Bay won 31-28 at Miami in last year’s preseason action. The teams have met every year in the preseason over the last 14 years except in 1999 according to football betting stats. They actually met twice in the preseason in 1999 according to football betting history. The teams have split the eight regular season meetings in their history according to NFL betting stats.
Football betting information has it that Tampa Bay will start Luke McCown at quarterback on Saturday. The Bucs have a lot of quarterbacks in camp and Favre would add to that number. Also expected to get playing time on Saturday according to football betting information is Brian Griese and Chris Simms. Football betting information tells us that many of the starters won’t get much time for either side but Miami’s are expected to play longer simply for the fact the Dolphins need to work on more things with a new head coach.
NFL week 1 odds may have the Dolphins favored in this game but the experience edge at quarterback goes to the Bucs and that could make the difference in the football betting outcome. Football betting experts know that the Dolphins are facing a quarterback question as Josh McCown and John Beck battle for the #1 job. They will be facing a Tampa Bay defense that was ranked second overall in the NFL last season according to NFL betting stats.