The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on a roll, having won all of their last three games. Can they extend that to four games when they take on the Detroit Lions, who are running on fumes? The Lions have not won a game in weeks, and are very thirsty for one. Can they finally end their skid in Week 15?
Betting Preview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Detroit Lions NFL Regular Season Week 15 Game on December 15, 2019
Where: Ford Field, Detroit
When: Sunday, December 15, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7)
With Jameis Winston, it’s always an adventure for the Buccaneers. They were taken on a ride once again by their turnover-prone quarterback last Sunday, albeit in a 38-35 home win over the Indianapolis Colts. Winston went 33 for 45 for 456 passing yards and four touchdowns against three interceptions but injured his hand in the process. X-ray results following the game showed that Winston sustained a fracture in his right hand, but he was able to play through it against the Colts. That’s a good sign for his availability for the Week 15 meeting with the Lions, though, it is still possible that the Bucs will sit him out. In the event that Winston will be sidelined, the Bucs’ passing attack will be commandeered by backup QB Ryan Griffin. A more troubling injury for the Bucs is that of Mike Evans’. The star wide receiver suffered a hamstring injury in the Colts game that forced him to exit the contest early. Even if the Bucs roll without Evans, the likes of Chris Godwin and Breshad Perriman should be able to put up a good game against the Lions’ 30th-ranked pass defense.
The Bucs are 2-0-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last three games.
Betting on the Detroit Lions (3-9-1)
The Lions can’t wait for this season to end and assess everything and plan who to take in next year’s NFL Draft. The Lions suffered their sixth loss in a row last Sunday, as they fell prey to the Minnesota Vikings on the road, 20-7. The Lions could not get anything going on offense and only scored late in the game when all but the final score was already decided. It’s hard to expect much of the Lions, who are parading an undrafted rookie under center in David Blough. Blough completed just 24 of 40 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions in the Minnesota game. That being said, the Lions should continue having Blough take a heavy volume of pass attempts, especially against Tampa Bay, which doesn’t give much space for opposing teams on the ground. The Bucs have the best run defense in the league. That and the possibility that the Lions may have lost another running back to injury are reasons why Detroit should stay away from testing the Bucs’ defense against the run. Bo Scarbrough exited Sunday’s contest with a rib injury, and his status is currently up in the air.
The under is 2-1 in the Lions last three games.
The Bucs win, 27-17.
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