Cincinnati Bengals vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction, 12/18/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 15
Game: Cincinnati Bengals vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date: Sunday, December 18, 2022
Location: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Buccaneers (+2.5)
Raymond James Stadium is where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) will attempt to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) on Sunday. Cincinnati opens as 2.5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total comes in at 44.
The Cincinnati Bengals head into this matchup 9-4 for this season. In their last contest, the Bengals faced the Browns and walked away with a win by a score of 23-10. Joe Burrow connected on 18/33 with 239 yards passing and 2 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 85.3 and ended the game with 1 interception. Joe Mixon was the leader on the ground for the Bengals with 14 attempts for 96 yds (6.9 yds per carry). Ja'Marr Chase averaged 11.9 yards per catch by accumulating 119 yards on 10 catches. The Cincinnati Bengals ran the ball a total of 26 times and compiled 136 yards, which came out to an average of 5.2 yards per tote. In all, they had 61 plays which gave them 363 yds. Cincinnati gave up 26 pass completions on 43 attempts for 273 yds, and a completion percentage of 60.5%. Against the rush, the Bengals gave up 71 yds on 25 tries, which is an average of 2.8 yards per run surrendered.
In terms of scoring, the Cincinnati Bengals are averaging 25.8 points per outing. As a team they're holding an average of 103.6 yards via the ground game giving them a rank of 24th in the National Football League. The Bengals have earned 4,832 total yards for the season. Cincinnati has earned 177 1st downs, and they have been hurt by 66 penalties for 499 yds. They have surrendered the football 13 times (9 interceptions and 4 fumbles). When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Cincinnati has earned 27 touchdowns through the air and 13 rushing touchdowns.
The Bengals are ranked 11th in the NFL in relation to the opposition scoring, giving up 20.4 PPG. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.3 yards per run and 111.0 rushing yards per game over the course of this season. In total, they have conceded 1,443 rushing yards through 13 games. When talking about passing yardage, the Bengals have surrendered 2,861 yards which has them ranked 20th in the NFL. They have conceded 220.1 yards per contest through the air as well as allowing a completion percentage of 59.1%. Over the course of this year, they have allowed 331.1 yards per outing ranking them 14th in the National Football League. They have conceded 12 touchdowns by air in addition to 11 touchdowns running the ball.
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The Buccaneers come into this game with a record of 6-7 for this season. The last time they stepped on the gridiron, the Buccaneers took a loss by a final score of 35-7 against the 49ers. Tom Brady (1 touchdown) walked away from the contest with 253 yards on 34/55 passing while his QB rating was 63.7. He threw 2 picks and his avg yards per attempt was 4.6 yards. Chris Godwin was one of the featured targets for the Buccaneers, grabbing 5 balls for 54 yds (10.8 yards per catch). Rachaad White ran the football 13 times for 56 yds, walking away from the contest with 4.3 yds per carry for Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers finished the game with a total of 322 yards while running 74 plays (4.4 yds per play). Tampa Bay rushed for 3.6 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 69 yards on 19 carries. Tampa Bay surrendered 36 attempts on the ground for 209 yards (5.8 yds per rush). The Buccaneers pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 73.9%, surrendering 195 yards on 17 for 23 through the air.
When it comes to their ability to score points, the Buccaneers are 28th in the league scoring 17.2 points per outing. For the year so far, the Buccaneers currently have a total of 3,454 yards through the air as well as an average of 265.7 passing yards per game, ranking them 5th in football. They are averaging 72.9 yards per game via the rush and have toted the ball for 948 yards for this year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers average 338.6 yards per outing ranking them 18th out of all teams in the NFL. The Tampa Bay offense has totaled 624 yards of penalties on 76 violations, which ranks them 14th in the league in terms of giving up free yards. They have given away 6 picks while letting opponents recover 8 fumbles and they have tallied 182 1st downs.
The Buccaneers are relinquishing 19.5 points per game, which has them sitting 9th in football. They have allowed the opposition 20 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 195.3 yards per game, which has them sitting 6th in the league. This year, they have given up 254 points in total. Tampa Bay has surrendered a total of 1,630 rushing yards (125.4 yards per outing) and 10 touchdowns via the rush for the year. The Buccaneers defense has participated in 809 plays, which is good for 11th in the league. They have totaled 12 takeaways (5 fumbles recovered and 7 picks) over the course of the season.
Who will win tonight's Bengals/Buccaneers NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Buccaneers +2.5
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