Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 12/15/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) at Detroit Lions (3-9-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Detroit Lions +3.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Detroit Lions meet in NFL action from Ford Field on Sunday.
Tampa Bay comes in at 6-7 on the year. The Buccaneers have won their last three games, taking out the Jaguars 28-11, the Falcons 35-22 and the Colts 38-35 in that stretch.
In the win over the Colts, Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston put up 456 yards, four TDs and three picks. Ronald Jones rushed for 36 yards, and Chris Godwin had 91 yards on seven catches there.
Over on the Lions’ side, they’re 3-9-1 this season. Detroit has lost their last six straight games, dropping to the Raiders, Bears, Cowboys, Redskins, Bears again, and Lions in that time.
In the loss to Minnesota, Detroit’s David Blough put up 205 yards with a TD and two INTs, and Bo Scarbrough had 65 rush yards. Kenny Golladay added 58 yards and a TD on six catches.
The Bucs are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five in December and 4-1 ATS in their last five in Week 15. Tampa is 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine overall and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine as a favorite.
Meanwhile, the Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last five on turf and 1-5 ATS in their last six after an ATS loss. Detroit is 1-6 ATS in their last seven versus the NFC and 1-7 ATS in their last eight overall.
Tampa put up a nice effort against a plucky Colts team in their last outing, snatching that three-point victory away from Indy in a shootout. The Bucs have now put up 28 points or more in each of their last three games and they’re on a nice roll.
As for Detroit, they’ve been playing some pretty uninspired football over their last half-dozen outings, and haven’t hit 21 points in any of their last three games. I’m going to stick with the Bucs here unless the line gets crazy later in the week.