Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/18/2018
Saturday, August 18, 2018
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Nissan Stadium to take on the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The opening line for this game has Tennessee as 2.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 38. The Buccaneers had an ATS record of 6-9-1 last season while their over/under record was 8-8-0. The Titans had an over/under record of 10-8-0 and they were 9-8-1 against the spread.
Valuable Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 8-8-0 against the over/under last season
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 6-9-1 against the spread last year
Important Tennessee Titans Betting Trends
The Tennessee Titans were 10-8-0 against the over/under last season
The Tennessee Titans were 9-8-1 against the spread last year
Key Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injuries
08/03/18 LB Kendell Beckwith Ankle is "?" Sunday vs New Orleans
06/21/18 QB Jameis Winston Suspension 3-game Suspension (eligible to return 9/30 vs Chicago)
Key Tennessee Titans Injuries
08/03/18 T Jack Conklin ACL PUP
08/03/18 CB Tye Smith Undisclosed is out for season
08/02/18 S Johnathan Cyprien ACL is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 18th in the NFL in points scored with 335 last season. They ran 1,034 plays last year for 5,816 yards, which ranked them 9th in the league in total offense. The Buccaneers averaged 5.6 yards per play, which was 8th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 352 1st downs last year, placing them 2nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Tampa Bay ran for 1,450 yards as a team, which ranked 27th in the NFL. They ran 389 times last year, averaging 3.7 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Buccaneers were penalized on offense 104 times for 795 yards last season, which had them 19th in the league in penalties. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 1,103 yards last season. He completed 96 passes on 163 attempts for a completion percentage of 58.9%. His quarterback rating last year was 86. He averaged 6.8 yards per pass attempt and 11.5 yards per completion.
Tampa Bay was 24th in the league in points allowed on defense with 382 last year. They surrendered a total of 6,049 yards on D, which was 32nd in the NFL. The Buccaneers were ranked 32nd in yards per play allowed with 6. Their pass defense gave up 7.3 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 32nd in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 371 passes on 549 attempts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense last season, placing them 32nd and 14th in the National Football League. The Tampa Bay pass defense also gave up a total of 4,169 yards through the air, which was 32nd overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 440 attempts for 1,880 yards last year, putting them in 23rd place in the league against the run. The Buccaneers committed 109 penalties for 937 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 21st in the NFL. They gave up a score on 38.9% of possessions on defense, which was 28th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Tampa Bay was ranked 32nd in the league in punt returns last season with 20. They accumulated 192 punt return yards and averaged 9.6 yards per return, which was 6th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 44 yards. They returned 20 kicks for 432 yards on special teams, ranking 31st in kick return yardage. The Buccaneers averaged 21.6 yards per kick return and had a long of 50 yards last year. They were 14th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,681. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempted 34 field goals last season and made 25, which was 19th in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 73.5%. Tampa Bay Buccaneers kickers made 90% of their extra points, going 28 for 31 last year. Their punters totaled 2,857 yards on 66 punts, averaging 43.3 yards per punt. That placed them 29th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Tennessee Titans ran for 1,833 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 15th in the league. They ran 443 times, averaging 4.1 yards per rush as a unit. The Titans were penalized on offense 85 times for 785 yards last season, which had them 31st in the NFL in penalties. They were 19th in the National Football League in points scored with 334. They ran 974 plays last year for 5,024 yards, which ranked them 23rd in the NFL in total offense. The Titans averaged 5.2 yards per play, which was 17th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 290 1st downs last season, ranking them 23rd overall as an offensive unit. Marcus Mariota completed 281 throws while attempting 453 passes for a completion percentage of 62% last year. He passed for 3,232 yards. He averaged 11.5 yards per completion and 7.1 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 79.3.
The Titans rush defense gave up 398 attempts for 1,420 yards last season, putting them in 4th place in the NFL against the run. They had 119 penalties for 942 yards on defense last year. That placed them 22nd in the league. They allowed a score on 37.3% of possessions on defense, which was 26th in the NFL. Tennessee was 17th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 356. They gave up a total of 5,248 yards on D, which was 13th in the league. The Titans were 8th in yards per play allowed with 5. Their pass defense allowed 5.9 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 12th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 369 throws on 605 attempts against the Tennessee defense last season, ranking them 29th and 32nd in the league. The Tennessee Titans pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,828 yards in the air, which was 25th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Tennessee Titans tried 42 field goals last season and made 35, which was 6th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 83.3%. Tennessee kickers made 94% of their extra points, going 31 for 33 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,729 yards on 75 punts, averaging 49.7 yards per punt. That ranked them 1st in the NFL in punting average. Tennessee was 12th in the NFL in punt returns with 36 last year. They totaled 305 punt return yards and averaged 8.5 yards per return, which was 16th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 46 yards. They returned 28 kicks for 618 yards on special teams, placing them 22nd in kick return yardage. The Titans averaged 22.1 yards per kick return and had a long of 57 yards last season. They were 27th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,150.
Who will win tonight's Buccaneers/Titans NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Buccaneers +2.5
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