Free Week 16 Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Week 16
(9-5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions (5-9)
Date: Saturday, December 26th
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
NFL Week 16 ATS Betting Lines: Buccaneers -9.5
NFL Week 16 Moneyline Odds: Tampa Bay -420, Detroit +365
NFL Week 16 NFL Betting Total: 54
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to help solidify their chances to make the playoffs with a win over Detroit on Sunday. The Lions are coming off a shootout with the Titans 46-25, while the Buccaneers needed a strong second-half performance to get the win over Atlanta 31-27 in their last game.
Some crazy news broke on Wednesday that the Lions will have to be without their interim head coach, their offensive coordinator, and special teams coach all because of COVID, so they will short-handed on the play-calling side.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers are still clinging onto their wild card spot as they currently hold the sixth seed in the NFC playoff race. They have just a once game lead over the Cardinals who hold onto the final coveted playoff slot in the NFC. It seemed like the Bucs were going to fall to Atlanta last week and be tied with the Cardinals, but thanks to a vintage Tom Brady come from behind win they saved themselves from the clutches of defeat.
Tampa Bay is seventh in the league in scoring at 28.6 points per game and while they’ve been limited by the best defensive units in the league (for example, the Saints and the Rams), they’ve absolutely shredded bad defenses. And let me tell ya, is this Lions defense horrendous, surrendering a league-high 31.1 ppg, with that number inching up to 33.7 ppg at home.
Defensively, the Bucs are ranked 12th in the NFL in scoring defense as they give up an average of 23.2 points per game. They surrender 238.26 passing yards per game and 72.6 rushing yards per contest. Tampa has the best rushing defense in the league it’s because they have some of the best linebackers in the NFL.
The Lions were officially eliminated from playoff contention with their loss to the Titans last Sunday. It’s the fourth consecutive year that the Lions have missed the playoffs and the third consecutive year that they have finished in the basement of the NFC North.
While Matthew Stafford continues to give Detroit solid quarterback play, he hasn’t had much help around him. Unfortunately for him, help is not coming anytime soon with top wideout Kenny Golladay still sidelined for whatever reason and his top blocker Frank Ragnow is questionable with a fractured throat for the second week. If the Lions want any shot at winning Matt Stafford is going to have to turn into superman like he capable of doing every once in and while.
Offensively, Detroit is averaging 23.9 points per game which is ranked 19th in the NFL. At home, that number jumps up to 25.33 points per game. They accumulate an average of 246.86 passing yards per game and 86.46 rushing yards per game. Detroit has the least amount of rushing touchdowns out of any team in the NFL this season with just 15 scores on the ground.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Tampa Bay is 9-4 SU in their last 13 games.
- Tampa Bay is 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games against Detroit.
- Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against Detroit.
- Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
- Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against Detroit.
- The total has gone OVER in 16 of Tampa Bay’s last 20 games against an opponent in the National Football Conference conference.
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit’s last 8 games.
- Detroit is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
- Detroit is 1-9 SU in their last 10 games at home.
- Detroit is 2-6 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Over 54 / Bucs 1h -6
I’m prepared to lay whatever on the Buccaneers to come out blazing in this game. Tampa Bay has yet to lock up their playoff spot and after putting up a goose egg in the first half against the Falcons last Sunday I’m sure Tom Brady has lit a fire under his guys. In the last three games, the Bucs have started off slow and I’m sure they will want to right that ship against a formidable Lions defense. Detroit gives up the most explosive plays in the NFL and is last in points surrendered per game with 31.3 per contest. I almost forgot to mention again that the Lions will be without their interim head coach (who was their defensive coordinator), their offensive coordinator, and special teams coach all due to close contact with COVID. So Tampa should be able to put up points in flurries.
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