Detroit Lions vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction, 10/15/2023 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 6
Game: Detroit Lions vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date: Sunday, October 15, 2023
Location: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Buccaneers (+2.5)
The Detroit Lions (4-1) are en route to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday where they will try to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1). Tampa Bay opens this game as 2.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 45.
The Detroit Lions come into this matchup with a record of 4-1 for this season. The last time they stepped on the gridiron, the Lions faced the Panthers and notched a win by a score of 42-24. Jared Goff went 20/28 with 236 yds passing and 3 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 132.4 and finished the contest with no interceptions. Josh Reynolds held an average of 19.0 yards per reception by totaling 76 yds on 4 receptions. David Montgomery was the best rusher for the Lions with 19 attempts for 109 yards (5.7 yards per attempt). For the game, they ran 60 plays for 377 yds. The Detroit Lions ran the ball 30 times and tallied 159 yards, which had them averaging 5.3 yards per tote. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Lions conceded 99 yards on 23 tries, which is an average of 4.3 yards per run surrendered. Detroit relinquished 25 pass completions on 41 tries for 243 yards, and a completion percentage of 61.0%.
The Lions currently have 1,922 total yards for the year. Detroit has a total of 61 1st downs offensively, and they have been hurt by 31 infractions for 311 yards. With reference to scoring touchdowns, Detroit has compiled 9 touchdowns via the pass and 9 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 6 times (3 interceptions and 3 fumbles lost). As a unit they have an average of 141.0 yards in the run game which is 7th in the NFL. In terms of scoring, the Detroit Lions have an average of 29.6 points per contest.
The Lions sit in 15th in the NFL concerning their opponents scoring, allowing 21.4 points per game. The opposition is running for 3.3 yards per rushing attempt and 68.4 yards on the ground per game for the year. In total, they have given up 342 rushing yards through 5 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Lions have allowed 1,122 yards which ranks them 18th in football. They have given up 224.4 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 62.6%. During the season, they have allowed 292.8 yards/outing which has them ranked 6th in football.
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The Buccaneers head into this game 3-1 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Buccaneers got the win with a final of 26-9 when they played the Saints. Baker Mayfield (3 touchdowns) finished the game with 246 yds on 25/32 through the air while his QB rate was 116.9. He had 1 pick and his average yards per pass attempt was 7.7 yards. Rachaad White ran the ball 15 times for 56 yds, finishing the game with 3.7 yds per attempt for Tampa Bay. Chris Godwin was the top contributor in the passing game for the Buccaneers, catching 8 throws for 114 yards (14.3 yds per reception). Tampa Bay ran the football for 3.5 yds per attempt, finishing the game with 114 yds on 33 carries. The Buccaneers finished the contest with a total of 353 yards while they ran 67 plays (5.3 yds per play). The Buccaneers secondary gave up a completion percentage of 61.5%, surrendering 127 yds on 24 out of 39 passing. Tampa Bay surrendered 19 rushing attempts for 70 yards (3.7 yards per rush).
Concerning the points being put on the board, the Buccaneers are sitting 21st out of all teams in the NFL with an average of 21.0 points per game. Over the course of the season thus far, the Buccaneers have racked up 858 yards via the pass along with holding an average of 214.5 passing yards per game, which ranks 14th in the NFL. They maintain an average of 87.0 run yards per game and have toted the ball for 348 yards for the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an average of 301.5 yards/contest which is good for 22nd out of all teams in the league. The Tampa Bay offense has totaled 184 yds of penalties on 25 infractions, ranking them 28th in the NFL in terms of hurting your team. They have thrown 2 interceptions while letting opponents recover 1 fumble and they have been able to earn 42 first downs.
They have given up 4 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 223.8 yards/contest, which has them sitting 16th out of all teams. Tampa Bay has given up a total of 379 yards via the ground game (94.8 yards per game) and 2 touchdowns rushing for the season. Over the course of the season, they have given up 68 total points. They have tallied 10 turnovers (4 fumbles and 6 picks) on the year. The Buccaneers defense has taken part in 253 plays, which is 2nd in football. The Buccaneers are surrendering 17.0 points per game, which has them ranked 8th in football.
Who will win tonight's Lions/Buccaneers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Buccaneers +2.5
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