Bucs' odds drop after replacing QB Freeman with rookie

Sep 25, 2013 |
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have benched quarterback Josh Freeman and will start rookie QB Mike Glennon versus the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.

Tampa Bay opened as a 2.5-point home favorite but has been bet down to -1 with the first-year passer under center. The total has also moved, dropping from 41.5 to 40.5.

According to ESPN, the Bucs front office feels that it is the best time to make a switch at quarterback. However, pressure has been on Freeman since Tampa Bay drafted Glennon out of North Carolina State.

"This league is about finding a franchise quarterback, and with Josh's roller-coaster career, we don't feel he's that guy," a team source told ESPN.

Freeman boasts a QB rating of 59.3 through three games with two TD passes and three interceptions. Glennon saw limited action during the preseason schedule and will get the start Sunday before the Bucs head into their bye in Week 5. The team will assess his Week 4 performance before settling on a starter for Week 6.

Tampa Bay is 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS on the year while Arizona is 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS. The Cardinals pass defense is allowing 297 yards per game – 26th in the NFL.

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