Bengals vs. Buccaneers Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Andrew Rogers | Updated Aug 12, 2021

Two teams at the opposite end of the NFL spectrum tangle Saturday in western Florida as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers entertain the Cincinnati Bengals.

August 14, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa Bay
Pointspread +6 -118
Moneyline +205
Over / Under o +33.5
Pointspread -6 -102
Moneyline -247
Over / Under u +33.5

The Buccaneers are coming off a triumphant Super Bowl victory last season, and are returning the majority of key players who helped make that win happen – including greybeard quarterback Tom Brady. The Bengals, on the other hand, will look to rebound from a dreadful 2020 campaign.

Tampa is a 6-point favourite to win on the NFL pre-season odds, with a total of 34.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

You don’t often see spreads this big in pre-season openers, since neither team is expected to play its starters all that much. And yet, oddsmakers are fully behind the host Buccaneers, who carry the largest spread of any team in their exhibition curtain raiser. But Tampa Bay hasn’t exactly been a bettor’s haven in pre-season home games over the years, having gone just 4-10 SU and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 at Raymond James Stadium.

The total for Saturday’s encounter is set at 34, which is par for the course when it comes to pre-season Week 1 O/Us. Low-scoring games have been the order of the day at RJS, with the Buccaneers having gone just 2-9-1 O/U in their past 12 exhibition home contests. The Bengals are also trending toward the Under in preseason action, though it isn’t nearly as pronounced: Cincinnati is 5-8 O/U in its last 13 exhibition tilts overall.

Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals franchise quarterback won’t be in action in Florida this weekend as he continues his recovery from last season’s devastating knee injury – but his former LSU teammate and 2021 first-round pick will be. Receiver Ja’Marr Chase is expected to take part in his first professional game, and carve out a regular-season role alongside second-year wideout Tee Higgins and veteran Tyler Boyd in what should be a talented pass-catching trio.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This game is set for an evening kickoff, but Tropical Storm Fred might have something to say about that. The storm has the league considering an earlier start time, with the inclement weather expected to roll in sometime Saturday night. And based on any changes to Fred’s timeline, the game might actually be rescheduled to Friday or Sunday, or cancelled altogether; Tampa Bay had its 2017 regular-season opener moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma.

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