Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|Date & Time||Sunday December 8, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)|
Raymond James Stadium
TB -140, TB -3
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The Indianapolis Colts head to Tampa, Florida on Sunday for a matchup with the Buccaneers in a game between a team from the AFC and a team from the NFC. In their last game, the Colts were defeated by the Tennessee Titans by the score of 31-17. Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett completed 25 of 40 passes for 1 touchdown, but also threw 2 interceptions. Running back Jordan Wilkins led the Colts in rushing on the day as he carried the ball 11 times for 47 yards. A.J. Brown led Indianapolis in receiving against the Titans, catching 3 passes for 45 yards. The Colts defense allowed 292 total yards, including 154 yards on the ground.
On the year the Colts are now 6-6 and currently sit in 3rd place in the AFC South. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has thrown for 2,245 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season against 6 interceptions. Zach Pascal has been the Colts leading receiver this season as he has caught 30 passes for 473 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season. Marlon Mack leads the Colts in rushing and has carried the ball 192 times for 862 yards and 4 touchdowns on the year. The Colts enter Sunday’s game with 5 players on their injury report as Chester Rogers in on injured reserve, Kenny Moore II is questionable and T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell and Marlon Mack are all listed as out.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcome the Indianapolis Colts to town after winning their last game by the score of 28-11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quarterback Jameis Winston completed 21 of 33 passes on the day and didn’t throw a touchdown or an interception. Tampa Bay wide receiver Breshad Perriman was the leading receiver for the Bucs, catching 5 passes for 87 yards. Peyton Barber led the way for Tampa Bay on the ground, carrying the ball 17 times for 44 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Jags.
The Bucs are now 5-7 on the season and are currently in a 2nd place tie in the NFC South. On the year, Winston has thrown for 3,659 yards and 22 touchdowns against 20 interceptions. Ronald Jones II has been Tampa Bay’s leading rusher and has carried the ball 125 times for 482 yards and 5 touchdowns. Wide receiver Chris Godwin has benefitted most from Tampa Bay’s pass heavy offense and has 74 receptions for 1,121 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Buccaneers enter Sunday’s game with 5 players on their injury report as Jamel Dean and Alex Cappa are listed as questionable while Scotty Miller, Anthony Nelson and M.J. Stewart are all listed as out.
The Colts have scored 21.8 points per game this season while allowing 21.4 points per game. The Buccaneers have scored 28.3 points per game while giving up 28.8 points per game. The Colts have gained an average of 357.1 yards per game this season while giving up 345 yards per game. The Bucs have gained 401.2 yards per game while allowing 379.5 yards per game. In their last 5 games played, the Colts are 1-4 while the Bucs are 3-2. With all the injuries to the Colts, including main parts to their offense, I have to go with the Bucs in this one as their offense will be able to score enough to come out of this one with a win. Tampa Bay wins 35-21 and covers the spread.