NFL Week 7 2011: Tampa Bay v Chicago at Wembley Stadium, London

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Tue, 2011-10-18 22:27 -- TheFootballLines

NFL week 7 offers up 13 games for pro football Point Spread betting, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Chicago Bears who travel across the Atlantic to bring the English a taste of American Pro Football. In fact it is this game which has seen the most movement in early Week 7 NFL Point Spreads markets, with opening lines installing the Buccaneers as (-1.5) favorites but early action has turned that number around and they are currently offered as (+1) underdogs.

It is true that the Tampa Bay organization have experienced playing at Wembley Stadium before, however that experience was a (7-35) loss to the hands of the Tom Brady led New England Patriots back in 2009. Straight up this season the Buccaneers are (4-2) with wins over the Saints (26-20), Colts (24-17), Falcons (16-13) and Vikings (24-20) while their losses have been to the 49ers (3-48) and Lions (20-27). They have averaged (18.83) points per game while allowing an average of (24.17) for a points differential of (-5.34) and their record against the closing NFL point spread stands at (3-3).

Meanwhile the Chicago Bears are (3-3) straight up with victories over the Vikings (39-10), Panthers (34-29), and Falcons (30-12) and their losses coming against the undefeated Packers (17-27), Lions (13-24) and the Saints (13-30). The Bears have averaged (24.33) points per game on offense while allowing an average of (22) giving them a points differential of (+2.33). Against the closing NFL point spread they are (2-4).

In the other main NFL betting markets for this match the over under total opened at (o/u 42.5) which has since gone out a point and a half to be at (o/u 44). The Latest NFL Money Line Odds offered at the respected Online Sportsbooks see Tampa Bay at +106 (2.06) and Chicago at -117 (1.85).

The verdict - here at we like the Bears and our numbers agree with the direction the line has moved and still see plenty of value on offer. With the point spread line currently at (-1) and historically the chances of a -1 team winning by exactly one point being less than 1% there is little difference in betting the spread or moneyline so shopping for the best odds between the two bet types is the way to go if you like the Bears.