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Detroit has been a reliable bet against Tampa Bay


The Detroit Lions are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lions will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a road win this Sunday over the Buccaneers.

  • The Lions are 3-1 SU in their last four games against the Buccaneers.
  • The Buccaneers are 9-22 ATS in their last 31 games in December.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Lions’ last five games in the early afternoon.

Matthew Stafford has enjoyed a fantastic season to this point with 3,302 passing yards and 22 passing touchdowns through 12 games, but an injury to his throwing hand could put the star quarterback’s season in jeopardy. X-rays came back negative on his hand being broken but it is still badly bruised and may be difficult to play through. If Stafford is unable to go, the Lions will be forced to start second-year quarterback Jake Rudock in Tampa.

Jameis Winston returned to action last Sunday in Tampa Bay’s 26-20 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers. Winston threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, but also fumbled the ball twice and lost one. With last Sunday’s loss, the Buccaneers fell to 0-6 SU and 0-5-1 ATS in the last six games that Winston has started.

A 24-23 result in favor of the Buccaneers was the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Detroit Lions vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Detroit Lions have seen them go 6-6 and 5-6-1 ATS so far this season, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at 4-8 and 3-8-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Buccaneers are 7-5, while the Lions are 9-3. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Detroit injuries news.

The Buccaneers-Lions odds would favor the Lions if the betting lines were set according to power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 23 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Lions sit at No. 15.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 20.27 PPG, against a Lions defense that ranks No. 21 this week at 24 PPG. The Buccaneers aerial game is averaging 264.64 yards per game, more than the Lions secondary allows through the air, 243.27 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Lions feature the league's No. 26-rated road run defense, allowing 123.83 yards per game. The Buccaneers, meanwhile, rank No. 22 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Detroit was hammered in its last outing, as Baltimore ran up a 44-20 score against them at M&T Bank Stadium.

Peyton Barber tore up the turf for 102 rushing yards in the latest Buccaneers game, a 26-20 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games
  • Detroit is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Tampa Bay is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit home to Chicago, Saturday, December 16
Tampa Bay home to Atlanta, Monday, December 18