Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings - 9/24/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -2 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings meet Sunday in NFL action at the U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to get off to a 2-0 start to the season when they take to the road for the first time. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won four of their last six road games. Jameis Winston is completing 60 percent of his passes for 204 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Winston has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson have combined for 132 receiving yards and one touchdown while Cameron Brate has two receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 117 yards per contest, and Jacquizz Rodgers leads the way with 67 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing seven points and 310 yards per game. Lavonte David leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with nine tackles, Noah Spence has one sack and Robert McClain has one interception.
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The Minnesota Vikings look for another home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Minnesota Vikings have won six of their last nine home games. Sam Bradford is completing 84.4 percent of his passes for 346 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Bradford and Case Keenum have combined for 513 passing yards this season. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 321 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has seven receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 110 yards per contest, and Dalvin Cook leads the way with 191 yards on 34 carries. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 22.5 points and 339.5 yards per game. Anthony Barr leads the Minnesota Vikings with 17 tackles, Everson Griffen has three sacks and Eric Kendricks has one pass deflection.
The Buccaneers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games in September and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Vikings are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in September, 23-7 ATS in their last 30 home games and 39-18 ATS in their last 57 games overall. The Buccaneers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings
I'm not sure how the Vikings are the favorite here with Bradford still questionable due to injury. Even if Bradford plays, I still question if they should be laying points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who is the better team. The Buccaneers were a trendy NFC pick this offseason and while they did play the lousy Chicago Bears in their opener, they showed why many people were hyping them up. The offense is explosive and the defense has a good pass rush with improved secondary play. I don't care what happens with the Vikings quarterback situation, I rarely pass up free points with the better team. Give me the Buccaneers in this spot.