Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/24/13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8) at Detroit Lions (6-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Detroit Lions -9.5 -- Over/Under: 46 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off on Sunday in Detroit in week 12 NFL action.
The Detroit Lions were in control of the NFC North but a bad decision on a fake punt swung the momentum on Sunday and they ended up taking the loss and falling back into a tie in the standings. Wile the Lions own the tiebreaker over the Bears the two still play on another down the road and that game could be the one that decides everything. The Lions offense is averaging 26.5 points and 414.3 yards per game. Matthew Stafford has completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 3,198 yards with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions and he has ben sacked just 12 times. Reggie Bush has rushed for 654 yards but last week he left the game in favor of Joique Bell. Calvin Johnson has 59 catches and 11 touchdowns and Brandon Pettigrew has 34 catches while Bush has 36 and Bell has 30. Defensively the Lions allow 25.3 points and 378.4 yards per game and they are minus two in turnover ratio. DeAndre levy has 81 tackles and five interceptions, Stephen Tulloch has 81 tackles, and Ndamakong Suh has 4.5 sacks. After missing the playoffs last season the Lions appear focused on getting back this season.
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After losing their first eight games of the season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now won two in a row and they look to make it three in a row on Sunday in Detroit. Even during the losing the Buccaneers were involved in some close games that they just couldn’t seem to close out. The Tampa Bay offense averages 18.7 points and 310.8 yards per game. Mike Glennon has completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Bobby Rainey has been the answer in the backfield of late rushing for 5.5 yards per carry and three touchdowns. Vincent Jackson has 56 catches and five touchdowns and Timothy Wright has 26 catches. Defensively the Bucs allow 23.7 points epr game and 341.7 yards and the are plus five in turnover ratio. LaVonte David has 87 tackles and five sacks, Mark Barron has 65 tackles, and Gerald McCoy has six sacks. The Buccaneers have gotten it done on their last two but they have let several just get away from them this season.
Detroit is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 1-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 9-19 against the spread against the NFC. Tampa Bay is 4-0-1 against the spread following a win, 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-2-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread. The underdog has covered the spread in seven of the last nine meetings of these two.
Scoring should be tough and the hitting should be hard as we have the best corner in the game Darrelle Revis against the best receiver, Calvin Johnson so this is a chess match and I am going to take the under with my free pick. I have a play on who will cover the point spread and I will post that pick in the Premium Area.
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