Vikings at Buccaneers - 10/26/14 NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Minnesota Vikings (2-5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5)
NFL Football: Sunday
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers play Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings have lost three straight and are coming off a brutal last-second loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Vikings have the worst passing offense in the league, as Teddy Bridgewater is completing 61.1 percent of his passes for one touchdown and five interceptions. As a team, the Vikings are completing just 57.9 percent of their passes and have 15 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Greg Jennings leads the Vikings with 345 receiving yards and is one of just three other players to have a receiving touchdown. Needless to say, the Vikings aren’t scaring anybody with their passing game which is why they’ve scored 16 or less points in five of their last six games. The Vikings ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, and Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata have combined for more than 500 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Minnesota Vikings are allowing 22.9 points, 337.9 yards, and they’ve forced nine turnovers and 20 sacks. Robert Blanton leads the Vikings with 53 tackles and Everson Griffen has seven sacks.
USA TODAY Sports
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had an extra week to prepare for this game and are still looking for their first home win. The Buccaneers are brutal on both sides of the ball, but it starts with a defense that’s allowed 34 points, 422.8 yards, and has forced 10 turnovers and nine sacks. The Bucs have allowed 85 points in their last two games and have lost six straight when allowing 25 or more points. Offensively, Mike Glennon is completing 57 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Glennon has six touchdown passes in his last three games. The Buccaneers have 20 passing plays of 20 or more yards and Vincent Jackson leads the way with 344 yards and two scores. The Buccaneers are averaging 4.3 yards per carry and Bobby Rainey has been their most consistent runner with 262 yards on 54 touches. Doug Martin has no more than 45 rushing yards in a single game.
The Vikings are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 8 and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss. The Buccaneers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a bye week and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Vikings are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay.
While this game is really trying to decide which pile of poo smells the least, I like the fact the Buccaneers are coming off a bye and are at home. The Vikings have little going for them right now and have to be shell shocked with last week's horrible loss. I like the Bucs by a field goal.