Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Detroit Lions Picks, Odds, Week 15 Predictions 12/15/2019
Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Detroit Lions
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Location: Ford Field in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit +4
David Blough and the Detroit Lions host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Detroit opens this matchup as 4-point dogs. The total is set at 47.5. The Buccaneers are 6-7-0 ATS and 10-3-0 when betting on the total. The Lions are 8-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-9-1 against the spread.
In their last contest, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went up against the Indianapolis Colts and ended up getting the win by a score of 38-35. Ronald Jones II paced the team in rushing during the game. He broke a long run for 10 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He racked up a total of 36 yards by way of 11 carries which had him averaging 3.3 yards per carry. Chris Godwin was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 91 yards on 7 catches. He earned an average of 13.0 yards per reception during the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Buccaneers was Jameis Winston who went 33/45 with 456 yards passing and threw 4 touchdowns. He tossed 3 picks in the game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ran the ball 28 times and racked up 75 yards giving them an average of 2.7 yards per rush. For the contest, the Buccaneers had a total of 29 1st downs and they had a total of 6 penalties for 104 yards. Overall, they totaled 78 plays for 542 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Tampa Bay allowed 19 catches on 36 attempts for a total of 243 yards, and a completion percentage of 53.0%. Overall, they conceded a total of 309 yards and earned 1 turnover. In the running game, the Buccaneers allowed 66 yards on 22 runs which gave them an average of 3.0 yards per rushing attempt allowed. Guy Bruhn has a free NFL pick ATS for the contest between the Bears and Packers.
Buccaneers Go to 6-7 After Win
The Buccaneers come into this matchup with a record of 6-7 for this year. They are a team that has one of the most potent offenses in the NFC South and they have the ability to run the score up on teams. For total yards, they sit in 2nd among NFC teams and 3rd among all NFL teams with 5,107 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Buccaneers currently have a total of 26 passing TDs and 14 rushing touchdowns. They are one of the most potent offenses in the league averaging 29 points per contest, which has them at 3rd among all NFL teams. As a team, they have an average of 95 rushing yards per contest which is 13th in the conference.
The Buccaneers have one of the average defenses in the NFL, giving up 29.3 points per game ranking them 16th among NFC teams. When it comes to passing yards, the Buccaneers have allowed 3,625 yards. Opponents are completing 62.3% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 6.3 yards per try. They have conceded 29 passing TDs and 8 rushing touchdowns. When it comes to yards rushing, Tampa Bay is giving up 75.5 yards per contest which has them at 1st among NFC South teams and 1st in the NFL. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.4 yards per rush ranking them 1st in the conference and 2nd among NFL teams overall. In total, they have allowed 1,230 yards rushing through 13 contests.
In their last game, the Detroit Lions played the Minnesota Vikings and took the defeat by a score of 20-7. Leading the way at QB for the Lions was David Blough who went 24/40 with 205 yards passing and added 1 touchdown. He walked away with 2 interceptions in the game. Bo Scarbrough paced the team in rushing in the game. He broke a long run for 7 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for 65 yards via 19 carries which had him averaging 3.4 yards per tote. Kenny Golladay was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 58 yards on 6 catches. He averaged 9.7 yards per catch in the game. The Detroit Lions ended up running the ball 22 times and racked up a total of 70 yards giving them an average of 3.2 yards per rush. Overall, they ran 67 plays for a total of 231 yards. On the day, the Lions got 18 1st downs and they had a total of 4 infractions for 28 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Detroit allowed 24 catches on 30 attempts for a total of 234 yards, and a completion percentage of 80.0%. For the game, they gave up 354 yards but went the whole game without forcing a turnover. In the running game, the Lions allowed 120 yards on 39 tries which gave them an average of 3.1 yards per run allowed. Another prediction you may want to look into is the NFL pick from Josh Schonwald on the Broncos vs Chiefs game.
Lions Worsen Their Mark to 3-9-1 After Loss
The Lions head into this matchup 3-9-1. Detroit is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 103 rushing yards per game, putting them 19th among NFL teams. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 1,337 rushing yards through 13 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Lions average 366 yards per contest overall which has them at 13th among NFL teams and 9th in the NFC. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Lions are currently ranked 3rd in the division and 19th out of all the teams in the league averaging 22.1 points per contest.
The Lions are allowing 25.8 points per contest which puts them at 4th in the division and 24th in the NFL. Their passing defense is one of the middle of the road units in the NFL. They are conceding 277 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Lions sit in 14th among NFC teams. They have allowed 26 passing touchdowns for 2019. In discussing points given up, they have allowed 335 points in total. In discussing rushing yards, they are allowing 118 yards per contest ranking them 23rd among NFL teams and 3rd in the division. For this year, they have allowed 1,536 yards rushing and 11 rushing touchdowns.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Lions +4 and over 47.5 total points
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