Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 202 ViewsOn 11/18/2013 04:38 PM in NFL
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a rough season, but they are actually playing better football to include a big win over the Atlanta Falcons in their last outing. The Detroit Lions are playing inconsistent football and they will need to play better if they hope to hold off the Packers and the Bears for the NFC North divisional title.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game has the Lions listed as (-9.5) point favorites. This line could increase, but the inspired play of the Buccaneers of late has kept the betting action even up to this point. The early wagering reveals that just a measly 56 percent of the betting public is on the Lions in this contest. Check out the latest point spread for this game leading up to kickoff at your favorite top rated online sportsbook.
Detroit lost a very difficult game to the Steelers when they should have won. While a lot of attention will be focused on Detroit’s defensive meltdown in the fourth quarter, one of the reasons it happened might be because of who wasn’t in the game. By then, safety Glover Quin had been sidelined with an ankle injury, and if you questioned his value before, you won’t now. Quin might be one of the three most important players on Detroit’s defense, along with DeAndre Levy and Ndamukong Suh.
He helps set the defensive backfield and is a good balance to Louis Delmas. Quin didn’t have his best game Sunday, but he has experience and chemistry with Delmas and the corners. That can’t be overlooked. Now the Lions will need him back in the lineup if they hope to slow down the upstart Buccaneers.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have negative trends, leading up to this game. Tampa Bay is 2-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Detroit. Tampa Bay is 4-1 straight up in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit, but 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Detroit. Tampa Bay is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road and the total has gone under in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road. Detroit is 3-6 straight up in its last 9 games at home and6-11-1 straight up in its last 18 games overall.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.