Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions - 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 +5 -- Over/Under: 46
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions meet Sunday in week 15 NFL action at Ford Field.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look for a win after winning four of their last five games. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have split their last six road games. Jameis Winston is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 4,115 yards, 26 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Winston has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans have combined for 2,369 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while OJ Howard has 27 receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 94.6 yards per contest, and Ronald Jones II leads the way with 518 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 29.3 points and 354.3 yards per game. Lavonte David leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 97 tackles, Shaquil Barrett has 15.5 sacks and Sean Murphy-Bunting has two interceptions.
The Detroit Lions need a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Detroit Lions have lost four of their last five home games. Matthew Stafford is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. Stafford has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 16 games. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. have combined for 1,787 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns while Danny Amendola has 50 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 102.8 yards per contest, and Kerryon Johnson leads the way with 308 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 25.8 points and 394.7 yards per game. Tracy Walker leads the Detroit Lions with 82 tackles, Trey Flowers has seven sacks and Darius Slay has two interceptions.
The Buccaneers are 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games as a road favorite, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Lions are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 10-1 in Buccaneers last 11 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Lions last 5 home games. The Buccaneers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 meetings. The underdog is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings. The road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are quietly one of the hotter teams in the league over the last month and Winston is playing the best football of his career. The Detroit Lions have scored 16 or less points in three of their last five games and at this point have probably checked out due to injuries and underachieving play. I'm still skeptical about the Bucs and how long they can keep this going, but I don't trust the Lions in their current form. It's the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a touchdown or pass.