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NFL Betting Preview and Pick - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Underdogs vs Lions at Detroit

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Detroit Lions
Sunday, December 07, 2014 1:00 PM ET
Ford Field


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 5-2 SU and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against NFC North opponents.

The Buccaneers will be in the spoiler role on Sunday visiting the Detroit Lions.

Detroit is just 2-5 SU and 1-6 ATS in its last seven games against teams in the NFC South. This could be just the second time that the Lions are a double-digit favorite since 1996, winning but failing to cover the spread as a 10.5-point favorite against Minnesota in 2011. The UNDER is 12-3 over Detroit's last 15 games.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Detroit Lions Opening Odds and Betting Line

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this one found them as 8.5-point underdogs earlier in the week at Bovada, while the total was settling in the neighborhood of 41.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

Computer Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Detroit Lions Pick

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 23-12 result in favor of the Lions. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Detroit Lions Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have seen them go 2-10 and 5-7 ATS so far this season, while the Detroit Lions are at 8-4 and 6-6 ATS. In totals betting, the Lions are 3-9, while the Buccaneers are 4-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The Detroit Lions sit at No. 15 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at No. 29 on that chart.

How Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Detroit Lions Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Detroit Lions No. 25-ranked offense (19.25 PPG) against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that ranks No. 23 at 26.17 PPG. The Lions passing attack has averaged 261.83 yards per game, more than the Buccaneers give up through the air (245.75 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers own the league's No. 16-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 111 yards per game when on the road. Detroit, on the other hand, rates No. 30 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Buccaneers suffered a Week 13 loss against Cincinnati in their last game, falling 14-13 at Raymond James Stadium.


In their last game, Detroit's aerial attack generated 390 yards and the Lions came away with a 34-17 victory over Chicago at Ford Field.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Detroit Lions Betting Odds Trends

Tampa Bay is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
Tampa Bay is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Detroit's last 11 games
Detroit is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Carolina, Sunday, December 14th
Detroit home to Minnesota, Sunday, December 14th