Tampa Bay Vs Detroit NFL Week 14 Betting AdviceNoah Williams
The Detroit Lions are just one game behind NFC North division leading Green Bay and a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will keep the pressure on the Packers.
This season, the Buccaneers are struggling as usual even with tons of offensive talent. The Lions are once again living up to the names on their roster, but can they take the next step and make a strong playoff push.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) December 5, 2014
Will Tampa Bay knock Detroit off the playoff path for the second straight season? Or do the Lions build on their best overall performance of the season on Thanksgiving against Chicago?
The NFL oddsmakers set the home team Lions as 10-point favorites for this game against the Bucs. The total is currently 41.5 points.
Matchup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions
Date: Dec. 07, 2014
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Stadium: Ford Field
TV Info: FOX
Radio: Tampa Bay Vs Detroit
Point Spread: Lions -10
Game Total: 41.5
Analyzing My Tampa Bay Vs Detroit NFL Week 14 Betting Advice
The Lions have had ten days to prepare for this game after beating the Chicago Bears 34-17 on Thanksgiving last week, bouncing back after two consecutive losses. Detroit has the 9th ranked passing offense in the NFL but the third worst rushing attack with season long on and off injuries to rushers Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. QB Matthew Stafford has thrown for 3333 yards, 15 TDs & 10 INTs with an 84.3 passer rating. WR Golden Tate has been quite a surprise this season, leading the team with 1136 yards & 3 TDs, followed by WR Calvin Johnson with 724 yards, & 5 TDs. RB Joique Bell averages 3.5 yards per carry, with 581 yards total & 5 TDs in 2014.
"It’s something to build off of," QB Matt Stafford said after throwing for 390 yards, 2 TDs against Chicago. "Just being consistent with it, not having a bad quarter — maybe a bad series here, one or two, but making sure that we were playing well in every quarter."
Defensively, the Detroit Lions have the 2nd ranked combined defense by allowing 17.3 points, 300.9 yards, and they’ve forced 29 sacks and 19 turnovers. DeAndre Levy leads Detroit with 116 tackles and Ezekiel Ansah has 6.5 sacks. Throw in DB Rashean Mathis and defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and the injured Nick Fairley and you know why this defense dominates.
Gerald McCoy hopes Ndamukong Suh "breaks the bank" http://t.co/mPTY24HLyh
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 4, 2014
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a close one at home against the Cincinnati Bengals 14-13 last week due to an ill-advised challenge by head coach Lovie Smith, dropping them to a 2-10 record. They have the 26th ranked offense in the NFL averaging 313.6 yards per game and only 18.3 points every week which is 5th from the bottom in the league. QB Josh McCown has thrown 1540 yards, 7 TDs & 9 INTs this season with a 75.2 passer rating. Rookie WR Mike Evans leads the team with 53 receptions, 890 yards & 8 TDs. RB Bobby Rainey has 406 yards in 94 attempts with 1 TD, but Doug Martin is back in the lineup after being
in the dog house out with an ankle injury. He has 87 carries for 251 yards and 2 TDs on the season.
"Growing pains, learning situations, normally it doesn’t take this many games to get the point across," coach Lovie Smith said.
The Bucs are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, but 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 games played in the month December, 2-10 ATS in their last 12 vs. NFC teams, and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game.
The Lions are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in December, and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 14.