Bucs vs. Lions Pick: NFC Divisional Playoff Preview

Bucs vs. Lions Pick: NFC Divisional Playoff Preview

Date: January 21, 3:00 pm
Location: Ford Field

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Bucs +6.5
Moneyline: Bucs+240 / Lions -285
Total: 49.5

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers surprised many with their dominant 32-9 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round. Despite entering the playoffs with a 9-8 SU record, the Buccaneers showcased their potential and are now looking to pull off another upset against the Detroit Lions.

The Lions secured their first playoff victory since 1991 with a dramatic 24-23 win over the Rams in the Wild Card round. Their strong performances, led by QB Jared Goff and WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, have positioned them as potential underdog contenders in the playoffs.

Betting Analysis:

This matchup appears to favor the passing game, with the Lions' defense allowing an average of 247 passing yards per game throughout the season. The Buccaneers, known for their pass-heavy offense, could exploit this weakness. QB Baker Mayfield, who played exceptionally well against the Eagles, will look to continue his high-level performance.

For the Lions, establishing a strong ground game with RBs David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs could be a key strategy. This ground threat could open up opportunities in the passing game, where Amon-Ra St. Brown and TE Sam LaPorta have been major contributors.

Betting Trends:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

  • 5-1 ATS in the last six games
  • 6-1 SU in the last seven games
  • 8-1 ATS in the last nine road games
  • 4 of the last five games went under the total

Detroit Lions:

  • 4-1 SU & ATS in the last five games
  • 7-1 SU in the last eight home games
  • 11-4 ATS in the last 15 games against Tampa Bay

Betting Prediction:

Given the potential for a high-scoring matchup and the Bucs' ability to win if Mayfield performs well, taking the points with the Buccaneers at +6.5 seems like a reasonable choice. This game could be evenly matched, and the points could make a difference.

Bucs vs. Lions Prediction ATS

Expect an exciting and competitive game, with the Buccaneers having a chance to cover the spread or potentially even secure an upset victory.

Free Pick: Take the Bucs +6.5
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