The Detroit Lions (4-1) are off to a fast start as they head to Florida for a Sunday game against the also strong Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1). The Lions routed Bryce Young and the Carolina Panthers 42-24 last week. The Buccaneers come off their bye.
While our NFL betting lines have Detroit listed as the favorite, Tampa Bay will be rocking one of the coolest uniforms in the league, its throwback 70s Creamsicle threads?
Let’s break down this NFC game between two of the hottest teams in the conference not called the Philadelphia Eagles or San Francisco 49ers.
Detroit Wants Fifth Win of Season
I’ve been selling the idea of the Lions being an official threat and contender in the NFL since last season. Now that they are fulfilling my predictions, I’m all for singing their praise.
Watching this team hit the field, the first thing that comes through the minds of football fans is, what Lions version am I getting this week? But not in a negative way, at least not anymore. This season Detroit is all about playing strong, explosive football, but with a demurrer attitude and time management when needed.
You can feel Dan Campbell’s essence there, on offense and defense. Jared Goff, the team’s franchise passer, continues to grow more into his role as the team’s offensive leader.
I could see him become more of a dark horse contender in our NFL MVP odds list if he manages to continue propelling Detroit’s offense as the season progresses. And on defense, second-year star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson looks like the perfect leader this defense needed to blow up and dominate.
Against Tampa Bay, a team that comes in with an extra week’s worth of rest and preparation, Detroit needs to focus on playing their strongest game defensively to pressure Baker Mayfield as much, all while covering Mike Evans and Chris Godwin constantly.
We all know that Tampa is a team that’s built around its defense, but against an offense such as Detroit’s, it could be too much to handle.
Detroit covering spread feels just right
Our latest NFL odds show the Lions as 3-point favorites in this road game against the Buccaneers, and with ample reason. While Detroit has shown they are all in it to win this season, Tampa Bay has also shown positive vibes.
With a strong start to the season, the Bucs have shown that there is such a thing as a life after Tom Brady, even if it means being led by a passer like Mayfield.
I can easily see the Lions winning on the road, continuing to cement their status as dark horses this season and covering the spread by more than three points. With a line that in a way feels like a bit of a disrespect for such a strong Detroit team, taking the Lions as NFL point spreads favorites for this game is enticing.
NFL Pick: Lions -3
In a game with a low total, still bet the over
Detroit proved last week that while not having a couple of its most important weapons on offense, it still has what it takes to not only win a game but do it with ample dominance. After dropping 42 points against Carolina, I could easily see the Lions once again going for 30 or even 40 points in this game.
Add to that Tampa Bay coming back from its bye week and having shown promising signs with Mayfield calling the shots on offense, betting on the over in the total feels like a steal.
With the total at only 42½ points, do yourself a favor you faithful online NFL betting fan and bet the over.
NFL Pick: Total Over 42½
Lions vs Buccaneers Betting Lines
Lions vs Buccaneers Game Information
- Game: Lions (4-1) vs Buccaneers (3-1)
- Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
- Date/Time: October 15, 4:25 p.m. ET
- Lions vs Buccaneers Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Will Jared Goff throw for more than 250 yards against the Buccaneers’ defense?
Yes. Lions quarterback Jared Goff averages 253 yards per game this season.
Which team will likely have more sacks in the Lions vs Buccaneers game?
The Buccaneers have eight sacks this season. The Lions boast 14, giving Detroit the edge when predicting which team will have more sacks in the Lions-Buccaneers game.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.