NFL betting lines action includes an exciting all-Florida preseason Sports betting matchup on Saturday as Miami hosts Tampa Bay. Both the Tampa Bay Bucs and Miami Dolphins are looking for rebound seasons after missing the playoffs last year.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went with a youth movement in more ways than one last year as 32-year old Raheem Morris replaced Jon Gruden as coach and a 3-13 season ensued for 2009 as the roster had a significant makeover starting at quarterback with rookie Josh Freeman. The Bucs will be looking for more polish and consistency for 2010 and that will begin with their preseason games.
Morris has also demanded more intensity and a better work ethic from his young Bucs and last week called for a full speed tackling session that included the entire team. Morris demanded the slug out session because of a lethargic start to practice.
“We just have to understand consistency in our tempo” said Morris. “We have a young football team. It’s hard for these guys to get out there and really get going unless they’re going live. Then I make them go live, and they want to keep going live. But you can’t practice like that. You have to be able to come out and play at a high tempo without taking each other to the ground. We just have to increase the consistency of the tempo and kind of self-motivate. Everybody’s got to work at a high tempo.”
It is that type of intensity that handicappers will be expecting in preseason games from the Bucs, who need success on the exhibition slate in order to try and build up momentum and confidence.
For the Miami Dolphins, it’s a new look at quarterback as Chad Henne will remain the top quarterback after taking over early last season for the injured Chad Pennington. Pennington should see a fair amount of preseason action as the number two QB and remains professional about the situation.
Miami opened at SBGGlobal.com as a 3-point home favorite with an over/under at 33.5.
“I think it’s a bigger challenge for me than it’s ever been before,” said the 34-year old that is coming off his third shoulder surgery. “When you’re a backup, you don’t even know when your opportunity’s going to be. I’ve always got to be ready. My challenge isn’t set in stone when that is. So I’ve got to be ready at all times.
The Dolphins will also use the preseason to fine tune a defense that ranked 25th in points allowed last year.