Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals - 12/25/22 NFL Picks and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals face off in an NFL showdown on Sunday Night Football at the University of Phoenix Stadium. When these two teams faced off in 2019 it was Tampa Bay that secured the 30-27 victory. 

Tampa Bay comes into this game with a 6-8 record overall, and they have gone 3-10-1 against the spread. In the last game against the Cincinnati Bengals, it was a tail of two halves. They were outscored 31-6 in the second half, and that led to the 34-23 defeat. Tom Brady completed 30 of his 44 passes for 312 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. The running game didn’t give enough support, and they need a more balanced attack. Tampa Bay is averaging 17.6 points, while their defense is giving up 20.6 points per game. The offense is ranked 28th in the NFL and hasn’t lived up to expectations. Brady on the season has thrown for 3,897 yards, 20 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Cardinals, who sit with a 4-10 record, and they have gone 6-8 against the spread. In the last game against the Denver Broncos, the offense scored only 15 points, and they ended up losing by nine points. Colt McCoy was hurt in the last game and will be out for this game, so Trace McSorley will start in this game. In the last game, he threw two interceptions. Arizona is averaging 20.86 points, while their defense is giving up 26.6 points per game. In this game, if the Cardinals want to get the job done, they are going to need McSorley to have a big game. 

The Buccaneers are 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games in Week 16. The Buccaneers are 0-6-1 against the spread in their last seven games following a straight-up loss. The over is 5-0 in the Cardinals last five games against the NFC. The under is 5-0 in the Buccaneer's last five games in Week 16. 

Trace McSorley really struggled in the last game with the interceptions, and he doesn’t have the talent to go head-to-head with Tom Brady. The Buccaneers are going to get out to a fast start in the last game, and they will do the same here. This game though I think they will finish strong, and this will be an easy win by the Buccaneers. Back the Buccaneers against the spread. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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