Starting the season with two losses, Cincinnati won 9-2 and came into this week’s game with five wins in a row. His only bad performances came in Week 8 while playing in Cleveland without him. Ja’Marr Chase first time. Their defense allowed 17 points or less in five of their wins, and it’s also helped that they’ve faced a below-average quarterback group throughout the year (Mitchell Trubisky, Cooper Rush, Joe Flacco, Tua Tagovailoa – injured earlier this game, Lamar Jackson, Andy Dalton, Marcus Mariota , Baker Mayfield, Kenny Pickett, Ryan Tannehill, Patrick Mahomes, and Deshaun Watson).
as long as Tom Brady Tampa could steal some wins in the playoffs if it has a postseason hit. The Saints tethered the Bucs in Week 13, but a poor third-back call in the short-distance event and a discouraged gamble gave Brady a window to get back off the mat in his quest to do another post-season dance. The 49ers buried (35-7) Tampa Bay last week, giving the rest of the NFC South team a chance to steal the division if they can manage the table.
Offensive line play in Tampa was brutal, leading to just 3.3 yards per scrimmage with four quick scores. Despite a reasonable completion rate (65.8), Brady continues to have a short passing range in many games of his career highlighted by 6.2 yards per low pass attempt. Buccaneers no longer have a solid running defense (allow 4.6 yards per rush). Their defenses struggled in two matches against the best teams (KC – 41 points and SF – 35 points). No quarterback passed more than 275 yards, and only Patrick Mahomes passed more than two.
The Bengals have had tremendous success in their last five wins from back runs (151/699/8, 28 catches for 289 yards and five touchdowns). Additionally, their widths won over 200 yards in three competitions (14/233/1, 15/204/1 and 13/211/2), and for the final two Chase is back in the game action. Cincinnati’s needs Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd They will be playing this week to assist in their last game against Tampa. Joe Burrow He is an excellent young quarterback but also tackles with a short passing range (Tampa has 38 sacks).
Bengals and Buccaneers Rates
money line: Bengals (-188) | Pirates (+155)
Spread: CIN -3.5 (-110) | TB +3.5 (-110)
Total: 43.5 – Over: (-118) | Below: (+100)
game information: 18 December 2022 | 16:00 Eastern Time | GIS
Bengals Straight Record: 9-4
Bengals Against Spread Record: 10-3
Buccaneers Straight Registration: 6-7
Pirates Against the Spread Record: 3-10-1
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Odds and Betting Information
Sportsbooks listed Tampa as favorites in each of their top 11 games, but they only included Dallas, New Orleans and Seattle. Tom Brady was victorious in nine games, 11-1 against the spread in his career as a home player. I’m riding the Bucs with the feeling that this game will be over, but for Cincinnati to even consider this game, there would have to be Higgins on the field.
Tom Brady: 274.5 Passing Yards (-125)
I had previously highlighted the weakness of the quarterback’s court against the Bengals’ defense. They only allow 6.8 yards per pass attempt if one team scores more than once (CAR – 164/2). Cincy allowed 278, 265 and 291-yard passes in their last three road games against Jacoby Brissett, Kenny Pickett and Ryan Tannehill. Also, the Bengals showed risk in two competitions against wide receivers (MIA – 16/254 and CLE – 12/245/1). Wide outs gain 14.4 yards per catch. Brady helps his passing stats with try volume (44.5 – seven matches with 30 or more completions per game).
Mike Evans: Over 55.5 yards (-125)
The last time an Evans was seen at the top of the wide receiver ranking was Week 8 (6/123). A goalless streak of nine matches (a tank destroyer was called up last week). Evans has caught only 20 of 39 goals in his last five games (5/40, 5/54, 2/31, 4/59 and 4/44) for 228 yards (11.4 yards per catch). I predicted he would get five passes for 79 yards with a 75% chance of scoring against the Bengals.
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