Bucs vs. Lions Pick: NFC Divisional Playoff Preview
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.
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.
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
- 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
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.