Free Week 15 Prediction: Bucs vs. Lions NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Week 15
(6-7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions (3-9-1)
Date: Sunday December 15
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Ford Field, Detroit, MI.
NFL Week 15 ATS Betting Lines: Tampa Bay -4
NFL Week 15 Moneyline Odds: -195 / +160
NFL Week 15 NFL Betting Total: 47.5
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay was by as many points as it was favored by against the Colts, 38–35, in a game that went over in the first half.
Jameis Winston didn’t play any differently than he has ever since he came into the NFL. He threw three interceptions to give him twenty-three on the year but made big plays, including a sixty-one-yard bomb down the sideline to Mike Evans, who hobbled into the end zone.
Evans pulled a hamstring and didn’t return. Early word is that he won’t play in this game, which makes Tampa’s pass game much more manageable for the defense. Chris Godwin, who had seven catches against Indianapolis, will attract most of the attention, both from Winston and Detroit’s defense.
OJ Howard has been more involved as a receiver lately, which would only continue if Evans were to miss this game. Breshad Perriman has been coming on in the last two weeks and will be a trendy thrift selection in daily fantasy.
Detroit failed to cover in a 20–7 loss to Minnesota on Sunday, despite getting twelve points in a game in which its defense didn’t play badly.
Part of what made the defense’s performance as solid as it was was considering how bad the Lions’ offense was. Detroit’s only score came on a late connection between David Blough and Kenny Golladay, who caught his tenth touchdown and went over 1000 yards for the season.
The Lions’ defense didn’t do anything particularly well. It didn’t take the ball away from the Vikings and gave up seventeen points in the first half before Minnesota ran the ball excessively in the second half.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-0 in TB last 8 vs. NFC.
- Over is 10-1 in TB last 11 games overall.
- Under is 8-2-1 in TB last 11 games in Week 15.
- DET are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Head to Head: TB are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 meetings.
- Head to Head: Underdog is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Detroit plays well enough.
Which unit is worse: Tampa Bay’s defense or Detroit offense?
Detroit’s defense will make some plays against Winston, especially without Evans on the outside. Tampa Bay’s defense isn’t always porous, like it was against the Colts on Sunday. The Bucs will get the best of David Blough if they don’t come in overconfident.
Even if neither offense moves the ball consistently, the under is a risky play because each side could have multiple turnovers. That said, your handicapper still leans that way and on the home team getting more than three against a terribly inconsistent opponent.
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