Brady brings his Bucs to Motor City looking for their tenth win of the season. The Lions are done in terms of making the post season but will be wanting to play spoiler and finish their season on a high.
Tampa are unbeaten since their late season bye in week 13, reeling off back to back wins since, and they’ll be looking to continue their good form against an out of sorts and underpowered Lions side. Tampa boast the leagues best run defense and won’t allow much to to the Lions three headed backfield but their pass defense has left something to be desired recently so I expect Matt Stafford to take some shots against this secondary. A huge discrepancy in this game is the scoring ability of the Bucs, who rank in the top 10 for points scored this season against a Lions side who’re dead last in points allowed.
The Bucs conceded the division to the Saints but are still well in the playoff hunt and will secure their spot with a win here. So a motivated Tampa team against a Lions side with nothing to play for? Give us the more talented Tampa Bay Bucs to get a win on the road.
We have three markets we’re interested in for this game. Firstly, we like the Bucs -8 as an alternative handicap, the spread is 10 points which is what I think the winning margin will be but the discrepancy between the Bucs point scoring ability and the Lions inability to stop teams scoring makes me comfortable with 8 points. Secondly, we like Cameron Brate‘s U/O 20.5 receiving yards which is a number he’s gone over in 5 of his last 6 games with a reception and has been much more involved in the Offense since fellow Tight End, OJ Howard, went down injured. Finally we like Mike Evans to score a TD, he has 11 TD’s this season and is Brady’s favourite Red Zone target, against a Lions secondary who’ve struggled this season I like his chances of picking up his 12th.
PREDICTION: BUCCANEERS 24 – 14 LIONS
BEST BET: BUCCANEERS -8 points – 5/6 with SkyBet. 1 point bet.
NEXT BEST: Cameron Brate OVER 20.5 receiving yards – 5/6 with SkyBet. 0.5 point bet.
WE ALSO LIKE: Mike Evans anytime TD scorer – EVENS with UNIBET. 0.5 point bet.