Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 8 (1/8) NFL

Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 8 (1/8) NFL

 

Odds

Time 1:00 p.m. EST
Buccaneers money line +170
Buccaneers spread +4 (-110)
Falcons money line -200
Falcons spread -4 (-110)
Over / under 40.5

 

2022 season stats

  Tampa Bay Buccaneers Atlanta Falcons
Record 8-8 6-10
Home / road record 3-4 5-3
Points per game 18.5 20.9
Points allowed per game 20.5 23.0
O/U 5-11 6-10
Pass yards per game 288.0 168.4
Rush yards per game 76.7 159.4
Total yards per game 364.5 327.5
Total yards allowed per game 340.5 380.0

 

Preview

The Atlanta Falcons and the the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will meet at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium ni Atlanta to play their last game of the regular season. These teams already faced each other in Week 5 where the Bucs took the win 21-15 at home.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers get here with a 8-8 record and are 3-4 on the road so far this season ranking 1st in the NFC South. They clinched the playoff berth after beating the Panthers 30-24 last week. Brady threw for 432 yards and three long touchdowns to Mike Evans, and they erased a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit for the second week in a row. Evans finished with 10 catches for 207 yards. 

Defensively, they have been great against the run allowing 117 rushing yards but have struggled against the pass allowing 223 yards. They are allowing an average of 20.5 points per game. Their opponents convert 36.6 percent of their third downs into first downs, which ranks sixth, and 61.3 percent of their chances in the end zone into touchdowns, which ranks eighth.

 

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons get here with a 6-10 record and are 5-3 at home so far this season ranking 4th in the NFC South and are already elminated from the playoffs. In their last game at home they beat the Cardinals 20-19. The Cardinals have dropped six straight games and eight out of nine while using their fourth starting quarterback in four weeks. Colt McCoy was replaced by David Blough, who completed 22 of 40 passes for 222 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions while McCoy was out with a concussion.

The Defense has also struggled this season allowing 23.1 points per game and 247 passing yards and 133 rushing yards.

 

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Tampa Bay's last 16 games.

Tampa Bay are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against Atlanta.

Tampa Bay are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta.

Atlanta are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games.

Atlanta are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 9 games against Tampa Bay.

 

Prediction

The Bucs have already clinched the playoffs berth so they don't need to worry about this game. However, head coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday that Brady will start as well as all of their starters but it's very likely they won't play all game. The Falcons were eliminated since 2 weeks ago so they have nothing to play for here. Brady will play only the first half or 3 quarters at most which should be enough to beat the Falcons again. The wrong team is favored here give me the Bucs.

PICK: Buccanners ML (+170)

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