Minnesota Vikings (6-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off with the Minnesota Vikings in week 14 NFL action from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon.
The Minnesota Vikings will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 27-24 win over Jacksonville last time out. Kirk Cousins has thrown for 3,073 yards, 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 67.8% passing while Dalvin Cook has rushed for 1,250 yards and 13 touchdowns. Justin Jefferson leads the Vikings with 61 catches for 1,039 yards and 7 touchdowns while Adam Thielen has 57 grabs for 721 yards and a team-high 12 touchdowns. Kyle Rudolph and the aforementioned Cook each have 300+ receiving yards this season. On defense, Eric Kendricks leads the Vikings with 107 total tackles including a team-high 69 solo tackles while also boasting 3 interceptions while Eric Wilson has 90 total tackles and 3 interceptions as well as 3 sacks. Yannick Ngakoue has a team-high 5 sacks while Ifeadi Odenigbo has 3.5 sacks and Harrison Smith has a team-high 4 interceptions.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to rebound from back-to-back 27-24 losses with the last one coming against the Kansas City Chiefs to fall to 7-5 on the year. Tom Brady has thrown for 3,300 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 64.8% passing while Ronald Jones II has a team-high 720 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. Mike Evans leads the Bucs’ receiving group with 613 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Chris Godwin has a team-high 49 grabs for 562 receiving yards and Rob Gronkowski has 505 receiving yards with 4 %Ds. Scotty Miller has 414 receiving yards while six other Tampa Bay pass-catchers have at least 100 receiving yards. On defense, Devin White leads the Bucs with 109 total tackles, including a team-high 70 solo tackles as well as 5 sacks while Lavonte David has 90 total tackles including 67 solo tackles. Jason Pierre-Paul has a team-high 8.5 sacks and Shaquil Barrett has 6 sacks while Carlton Davis has a team-high 4 interceptions this season.
Minnesota is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Tampa Bay is 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 home games and 7-21-1 ATS in their last 29 games as a home favorite while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 games following a loss. Minnesota is 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
I’m not really fond of either of these teams right now, but the saving grace for Tampa Bay is that they still have a loaded defense and their two losses in the last two weeks have come against a Los Angeles Rams team making a serious playoff push and a Chiefs team that was the first to clinch a playoff spot. Minnesota struggled to scrape by the Jacksonville Jaguars and I’m concerned that the struggles will continue on the road here against this solid Tampa Bay defensive front. I’ll lay the points with the Buccaneers in this spot.