Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions - 12/10/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Lions (6-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet Sunday in NFL action at Raymond James Stadium.
The Detroit Lions need a big road victory here to get a game above a .500 record and stay in the NFC wild card race. The Detroit Lions have won four of their last six road games. Matthew Stafford is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 3,302 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Stafford has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Marvin Jones Jr. and Golden Tate have combined for 1,588 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Eric Ebron has 32 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 78.3 yards per contest, and Ameer Abdullah leads the way with 505 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 25.7 points and 360.3 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Detroit Lions with 78 tackles, Anthony Zettel has 6.5 sacks and Darius Slay has four interceptions.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting desperate for a victory after losing seven of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won three of their last five home games. Jameis Winston is completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 2,190 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Winston has one or less touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson have combined for 1,351 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Cameron Brate has 37 receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 88.1 yards per contest, and Doug Martin leads the way with 376 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 24 points and 385.6 yards per game. Lavonte David leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 71 tackles, Gerald McCoy has five sacks and Justin Evans has three interceptions.
The Lions are 4-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Buccaneers are 23-48-1 ATS in their last 72 home games, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Lions are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
I'm assuming Stafford is going to play in this game despite a hand injury, but I'm not sure it matters. The Lions continue to find creative ways to lose and the defense has taken a serious step back. Tampa Bay may not have the results you'd like to see, but there's more than enough weapons on the offensive end to add to the Lions struggles as of late. The Buccaneers also play their best ball by far at home and Winston should be more comfortable after knocking off the rust last week against the Green Bay Packers. I'm not super high on Tampa Bay obviously, but it certainly beats backing the Lions on the road with a banged up quarterback. If forced to pick, I'm eating the small chalk with the home team.