Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Arizona Cardinals

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Another NFL matchup, another great quarterback matchup, as Tom Brady and the Buccaneers visit Kyler Murray and the Cardinals.

Buccaneers vs. Cardinals Betting Preview

When Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl, Kyler Murray was four years old. And both guys had significantly less money back then. Now Brady is the best ever, and Murray is a rising star, and this Christmas night matchup is one of the best on the NFL schedule.

These two quarterbacks are the focus of the Buccaneers vs Cardinals betting analysis. They are the drivers of the two offenses, and how they go, so goes each team. And this late in the season, the battle has something extra with playoff positioning on the line.

Rivalry History

These two NFL teams first played in 1977, back when the Cardinals were still playing in St. Louis and the Buccaneers were losing almost every game they played. The week before that game in 1977 the Bucs broke their 26-game losing streak with a win over the New Orleans Saints. The next week against the Cardinals the Bucs won a second straight.

The game this year in the 22nd all-time meeting, with the Cardinals leading the series 11-10. They last played in 2019 when Murray was a rookie, and he had 362 total yards and three touchdowns in a 30-27 loss.

In each of the three games before that meeting in 2019, the Cardinals won, including a 40-7 thumping of Tampa Bay in 2016.

Matchup Trends

The Buccaneers vs Cardinals odds have favored Tampa Bay since they opened, and that isn’t going to change before kickoff. The game is in Arizona, and it’s a long trip for the Bucs, but that is a minor point to consider in your Buccaneers vs Cardinals betting analysis.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers has too many weapons and has too many potential targets for Tom Brady to throw to. The Cardinals aren’t as short-handed as they were at the beginning of the season, but they just don’t have the talent to match Tampa Bay.

Venue Information

The Cardinals play their home games at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Opened in 2006, the stadium has been lauded around the world for its combination of a retractable roof and roll-in natural grass field. That allows for the grass to grow outside in the natural sun, but roll into the dome stadium for games.

Along with being the home field for the Arizona Cardinals, State Farm Stadium has hosted two BCS National Championship Games, the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, and this coming Super Bowl will be the third held in the stadium. The previous two Super Bowls were XLII and XLIX.

From when it opened in 2006 through last season, the Cardinals were 71-56-2 at State Farm Stadium in the regular season and a perfect 4-0 in the playoffs.

Betting Tips for Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals

The Buccaneers vs Cardinals betting analysis has us looking at the NFL schedule for each team. The Cardinals are in Denver the week before the game with the Bucs, and then they finish the season on the road in Atlanta and San Francisco.

The Bucs have a game at home with the Cincinnati Bengals before making their Christmas Day trip to Arizona. They then finish with a game at home against the Panthers, and then a trip to Atlanta.

Also, be sure to line shop for the best Buccaneers vs Cardinals odds and look at how each team has done as NFL picks against the spread. Update this year’s numbers and look at how they have each done in the past. Tampa Bay was 10-9 against the spread in 2021, and the Cardinals were 10-8.

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