The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to Detroit this week to take on the Detroit Lions in a matchup that the Bucs will need to win to stay ahead of Arizona for the sixth spot in the NFC playoffs.
The Lions, meanwhile, came into the season with some promise, but are once again playing out the string. There is currently no moneyline on this game, but the Buccaneers are nine-point favorites.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Preview: Cement Playoff Standing
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into play with a record of 9-5, a game behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. The Bucs have an outside shot of winning the division, but the Saints would have to lose both of their remaining games, while Tampa Bay would have to win out.
The Bucs’ schedule is favorable for this to take place, with games against Detroit and Atlanta remaining. The combined record of those teams is 9-19. New Orleans, meanwhile, has games remaining against Minnesota and Carolina remaining. Tampa Bay defeated Atlanta Sunday, 31-27.
Quarterback Tom Brady completed 31 of 45 passes for 390 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Leonard Fournette carried the ball 14 times for 49 yards and two scores. Eight different receivers caught passes, led by Mike Evans’ six catch, 110-yard performance. Antonio Brown, who continues to improve each week, caught five passes for 93 yards and a score.
On the season, Brady has completed 65% of his passes for 3,886 yards and 32 touchdowns. He has been intercepted 11 times and sacked 19 times. Ronald Jones II leads the backfield with 180 carries for 900 yards and six touchdowns. This talented group of receivers includes five players with at least 300 yards receiving.
Detroit Lions Betting Preview: Play the Spoiler Role
The Detroit Lions come into play with a record of 5-9, six games behind Green Bay in the NFC North. The Lions were 3-3 after six games, but have proceeded to go 2-7 since then and they are coming off of a performance where they allowed 46 points to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. In the loss, the defense allowed 463 yards, including 195 on the ground.
Detroit’s offense did a good job of keeping up in terms of yards, but they turned the ball over three times in the game and shot themselves in the foot. Quarterback Matthew Stafford returned to the starting lineup and completed 22 of 32 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown.
Running back DeAndre Swift took on more of a load as he eases back into the lineup. He carried the ball 15 times for 67 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. continued his good second half of the season. He caught 10 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.
On the season, Stafford has completed 64% of his passes for 3,774 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has been intercepted nine times and sacked 37 times. Adrian Peterson leads the team in rushing due to injuries in the backfield. He has carried the ball 145 times for 531 yards and six touchdowns. Jones Jr. has caught 65 passes for 779 yards and seven touchdowns.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie currently does not have a moneyline on this game. The Buccaneers are favored by nine points and the over/under is 53.5. This is a classic trap game for the Bucs.
Tom Brady doesn’t fall for trap games very often, but Detroit is at home and the schedule for the week will be a bit off with the game taking place on a Saturday. Expect Detroit to keep it within a touchdown if they can avoid turning the ball over. Take the Lions in this one.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Detroit +9