The Mike Smith era is over in Tampa Bay.According to Rick Stroud

of the Tampa Bay Times Womens
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, players were informed
that the team would be making a change at the defensive coordinator position
today. Linebackers coach Mark Duffner is expected to take over as the interim.
Smith’s defense finished dead last in the NFL last season and has shown no
improvement this year. The unit has been historically bad in 2018 and is on
record pace to shatter all kinds of defensive records - and not the good ones.
It will be interesting to see how Duffner performs as the season wears on. This
type of change is uncommon during the season in the NFL, but it could benefit
the Bucs and save their rapidly-declining season. The Bucs released the
following statement, courtesy of the Communications Department.Duffner began his
career with Tampa Bay in 2016 and has been a linebacker coach since 1997 in the
NFL. In each of his first two years with the team, a Buccaneers linebacker
earned a Pro Bowl selection (Lavonte David-2016, Kwon Alexander-2017). He served
as the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive coordinator from 2001-2002. What do the
oddsmakers over in Vegas think about the Buccaneers and Bears matchup this
weekend in Soldier Field? So far this season, the Buccaneers have opened as
underdogs every week. By the time kickoff came on Monday night, Tampa Bay was
favored by three points. Once again, Tampa Bay will be underdogs this week, the
Buccaneers are currently +3. In no way am I a professional gambler and in no way
am I telling you to put your money with what I predict. This is really just for
fun and something we here at Bucs Nation thought the readers would enjoy after
sports gambling was legalized. For those that don’t know sports gambling, I will
quickly go over the three main bets that are often placed. Also, the lines could
always change and the website you use ,
could be different from mine. Betting with the spread: Currently, the Buccaneers
are +3 . This means that if you were to take the Buccaneers with the spread,
they could lose by 2 points and you’d win. If they lose by 3 points, it means
you push, so the bet offsets. On the opposite side, if you took the Bears at -3
, they’d have to win by 4 for you to win the bet. Same as before, if you pick
the Bears -3 and they win by 3, you push. Spread bets always have the same odds,
which are -110. This means that you need to risk $110 to win $100. It’s
surprising to see Chicago favored. I know it is in Chicago, but Tampa
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, in my opinion, has the more talented roster
and has looked better than Chicago this season, against much tougher
opponents.Money line bets: As of late friday night, the Bears are -155. The
Buccaneers are +135. In money line bets, all the team you bet on has to do is
win. In terms of what the -155 means for the Bears, you’d have to risk $155
dollars just to win $100 because they are the favorite to win this game. The
Buccaneers at +135, means that a $100 dollar bet would win you $135 dollars.
Again, a bit surprising to see Tampa Bay at +135. Maybe it’s solely based on the
way Khalil Mack has been playing.Over/Under bets: Again, no matter what way you
pick, the odds in this case are -110. Vegas sports books currently have the over
under at 46陆 total points scored . If you take the over, the Bucs and Bears must
combined to score 47 points in order for you to win. Obviously Tampa Bay
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, the under is 46 or under. So, now we get to the
part where I try and beat Vegas. Last week, I picked Tampa Bay straight up
(+115) (lost) and I also took the over 53 陆 (won). My current record on the
season is 4-2. I will continue to keep a tracker all season of how I am doing,
but a little side note, this is the best start I have ever had to the season in
terms of trying to beat Vegas for Buccaneer games.A few things to consider:
Tampa Bay, is 5-1 at the spread in its last six games. Personally, I love the
spread this week. Tampa is 2-0 this season when they are underdogs at kickoff.
Also, the total has gone over in 4 of the last 5 games Tampa Bay has played on
the road. After reading that, you probably feel like the over is a pretty safe
bet鈥?Not so fast, the under has hit in 5 of the last 6 games Chicago has played.
Vegas really doesn’t make this easy. The final point, the Bears are 20-5
straight up (money line) in their last 25 games played at home against Tampa
Bay.My picks: Buccaneers at +135 and the under 46 陆. These are my favorite picks
of the year so far. Like I said earlier Tampa Bay
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, Tampa Bay has the better roster and they have
the better quarterback, whether it’s Winston or Fitzpatrick, which is the main
reason I am so confident in them winning this game. One player can ruin this
prediction and that’s Khalil Mack, but in the past, Demar Dotson has held his
own against some of the league’s best pass rushers. He always shows up for the
big test and I believe he will do so this weekend. In regards to the over/under,
Chicago doesn’t have the best offense in the world and I think the Buccaneers
defense can build off of their second half performance on Monday night. On the
offensive side of the ball, I expect the offense to have a good week, but not a
great week, like they have the first three games (outside of the first half
monday). It should be a fun one, but i’m very confident in these picks.
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