Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) at Buffalo Bills (3-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 22, 2017, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Buffalo Bills -3 -- Over/Under:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills meet Sunday in NFL action at New Era Field.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could use a win after losing three of their last four games to get back to a .500 record. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost four straight road games. Jameis Winston is completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 1,259 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Winston is questionable for this game due to a shoulder injury. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson have combined for 658 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Cameron Brate has 21 receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 82.4 yards per contest, and Jacquizz Rodgers leads the way with 168 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 24.2 points and 403.4 yards per game. Kendell Beckwith leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 41 tackles, Gerald McCoy has two sacks and Robert McClain has one interception.
The Buffalo Bills look to remain unbeaten at home to keep pace in a wide open AFC East. The Buffalo Bills have won four of their last six home games. Tyrod Taylor is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 910 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Taylor has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Charles Clay and LeSean McCoy have combined for 447 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jordan Matthews has 10 receptions. The Buffalo Bills ground game is averaging 106.6 yards per contest, and McCoy leads the way with 279 yards on 87 carries. Defensively, Buffalo is allowing 14.8 points and 322.4 yards per game. Preston Brown leads the Buffalo Bills with 38 tackles, Jerry Hughes has three sacks and Micah Hyde has four interceptions.
The Buccaneers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on turf and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bills are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
I was high on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the season started, but they've failed to impress me, as they blew a chance to beat the Patriots at home on short rest, and they're coming off a beatdown against a subpar Arizona Cardinals squad. Now, Winston has a banged up shoulder and there's a chance Ryan Fitzpatrick could start at quarterback. Um, no thank you. The Buffalo Bills have shown they have one of the top defenses in the league, allowing no more than 20 points in a single game, and the offense is picking up with McCoy showing flashes of being the old McCoy. The Bills have also had an extra week to prepare for this game. I'm not sure why this line is so low when you consider everything, but I'm not asking questions. Give me the Bills and the small chalk.