Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals - 10/15/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) at Arizona Cardinals (2-3)

NFL Football: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)

The Line: Arizona Cardinals +1.5 -- Over/Under: 45 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals meet Sunday in NFL action at U of Phoenix Stadium.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look for their first road win of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost three straight road games. Jameis Winston is completing 61 percent of his passes for 1,198 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Winston has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson have combined for 525 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Adam Humphries has 17 receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 86 yards per contest, and Jacquizz Rodgers leads the way with 167 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 20.8 points and 396.3 yards per game. Kendell Beckwith leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 36 tackles, Noah Spence has one sack and Robert McClain has one interception. 

The Arizona Cardinals look for a statement home victory to get back to a .500 record. The Arizona Cardinals are 4-2-1 SU in their last seven home games. Carson Palmer is completing 59.9 percent of his passes for 1,573 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. Palmer has one touchdown pass in five of his last seven games. Larry Fitzgerald and J.J. Nelson have combined for 604 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Andre Ellington has 28 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 51.8 yards per contest, and Chris Johnson leads the way with 114 yards on 45 carries. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 25 points and 326 yards per game. Tyvon Branch leads the Arizona Cardinals with 49 tackles, Chandler Jones has five sacks and Antoine Bethea has two interceptions.

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The Buccaneers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NFC and 6-18 ATS in their last 24 games overall. The Buccaneers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

It's time to accept the Arizona Cardinals are not a good football team, as their only wins have come against the Colts and 49ers, and they needed overtime to get both. Any time the Cards have stepped up in comp, they've been blown out. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a mini bye week to prepare for this game after hanging around with the New England Patriots, which gave them extra time to work Doug Martin into the offense and get healthy on defense. This is a game the Bucs should win rather easily, especially when you consider the Cardinals have no running game, which makes life easy for the Tampa Bay defense. I'll gladly take the better team and the small line.

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1.5

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

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