Free NFL Prediction: Bears vs Buccaneers
Week 16 NFL betting sees the Chicago Bears taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday December 27th at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NFL season long so stay tuned for more FREE NFL predictions.
Chicago Bears (5-9) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8)
Date: Sunday December 27
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
ATS Betting Lines: Tampa Bay -3
NFL Moneyline Odds: Tampa Bay -160
NFL Betting Total: 45.5
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The Chicago Bears head into Tampa Bay as the Bucs and Bears have both been officially eliminated from postseason play.
Both teams look to either build some momentum for next season or build on a better draft position here on Sunday.
The Bucs figure to be a bit more motivated here as first year QB Jameis Winston hopes to finish at the .500 mark, but will need wins in his last two contests to do so.
The Bears sat at .500 for a brief moment, but have since dropped 3 straight games and looked extremely bad in a 21 point loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
They saw Teddy Bridgewater absolutely pick apart their secondary as he threw for four touchdowns. This was the first real time Bridgewater stepped up when they needed him as Adrian Peterson did not play in the 2nd half.
That also holds a bad omen for the Bears as they couldn’t stop the Vikings without their whole offense not even on the field.
QB Jay Cutler finished with 231 yards of passing and had 2 touchdowns to just 1 pick in Sunday’s loss. He’ll head into a place here this Sunday to take on a team whom he is 4-1 SU against in the last 5.
A major contributing factor for the Bears failures has been their lack of running game. The Bears have seen Matt Forte run for less than 50 yards in two straight now.
The Bears have covered in 5 of their 7 road games this season.
The Bucs have been eliminated from postseason contention, but that doesn’t mean this season is necessarily a failure.
Under first year QB Jameis Winston, the Bucs have really seen a solid part of their future as Winston has taken massive steps in the right direction.
Winston has thrown for 3422 yards to go along with 20 touchdowns to just his 12 interceptions this season. While his interceptions are up, he still has a solid ratio considering his rookie status.
Look for RB Doug Martin to play a major role in this one. Martin has been a big part of the offense recently and will be going up against a defense that is allowing 125.9 yards per game on the ground.
Over his last 5 games, Martin has 599 yards and has grabbed a pair of touchdowns.
Tampa Bay is just 3-4 SU at home and 3-4 ATS in those 7 games.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Bears are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games following a ATS loss.
- Bears are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NFC.
- Bears are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in December
- Buccaneers are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Buccaneers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 16.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Tampa Bay ATS
With both teams out, motivation is the only real factor here.
Tampa Bay wants to finish above .500 and with a rookie QB leading the way, that should be something they really have their eyes set on.
NFL Free Week 16 Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 30- Chicago 13
Martin and Winston have big games as the Bucs cover the small number with ease here.
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