Buccaneers vs. Chiefs Pick
Are the Kansas City Chiefs set to continue their winning ways when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at 1PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, Kansas City is favored at home, as the Chiefs are getting odds of -7.5 points against the Bucs. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 44.5 points. Tampa Bay has won four straight in this series, covering the spread in three of the four games.
Kansas City is one of the hottest teams in the NFL, winning five straight entering this week. KC is now 7-2 on the year and 4-5 against the spread. They are just 3-2 ATS in this five-game winning streak. KC is holding opponents to just 18.7 points per game despite allowing 378.8 yards per contest. The unit has 18 sacks and 22 turnovers this year. Dee Ford has 10 sacks to lead the group while Marcus Peters has five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Offensively KC is putting up 22.8 points and 347 yards per game. They are averaging under 100 rushing yards per game as Spencer Ware has 572 yards to lead the team. Alex Smith has thrown for 1,816 yards and eight touchdowns this year, but could be without top receiver Jeremy Maclin again. Maclin missed last week with a groin injury and is questionable for this game.
Tampa Bay is coming off a 36-10 win over the Bears at home last week to move to 4-5 on the season. They have won three of their last five games and are 4-5 against the spread on the season. The Tampa defense has struggled this year, allowing 26.9 points and 400.2 yards per game, including 281.9 passing yards per contest. The unit has 21 sacks and 15 turnovers. On offense Tampa is averaging 24 points and 374.2 yards per game. Jameis Winston has thrown for 2,349 yards and 19 touchdowns in his second year while Mike Evans has caught 59 passes for 811 yards and eight touchdowns. Tampa hasn’t had a great run game, but the team is hoping to get Doug Martin back this week. He has 118 yards and a score in his limited action this year.
Kansas City has been winning, but not by big margins. The Chiefs have had five games decided by 7 points this year. Tampa Bay has a losing record, but the Bucs compete, especially in the last month. Even though the Bucs are going on the road, I don’t like a team like KC, which grinds out wins, giving up so many points.
NFL WEEK 11 PICK: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS +7.5