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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts Pick & Prediction NOV 28TH 2021

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257Buccaneers Tampa Bay
258Colts Indianapolis
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0
51.5
CU
-3 +100
52o -115
ML
ML: -150
ML: 140
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3 21 0 7
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come off a big win over the Giants on Monday night. This week they’ll face a much tougher test when they head to Indianapolis and face the Colts. Contending with the Colts’ elite rushing offense will be pretty difficult. However, with Tom Brady at the helm, the Buccaneers are in great shape. They also come in as narrow favorites here.

The Indianapolis Colts are on a three-game win streak, their most recent was against the Bills. This week, they take on the reigning Super Bowl Champions. Hopefully, they’ll get Guard Quenton Nelson back in the lineup on Sunday. The Colts have a 3-3 record at home and will hope to get their fourth home win. So, who’s the best bet to cover the spread on Sunday?

Buccaneers vs. Colts Odds for NFL Week 12

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Buccaneers (-158) vs. Colts (+138)

SPREAD: Buccaneers -3 (-110) vs. Colts +3 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 52 (-110) vs. Under 52 (-110)

Buccaneers at Colts Preview, Stats and Trends

The Buccaneers are one of the best teams in the NFC, but they struggled in recent weeks. Over the last three weeks, they’ve gone 1-2 with losses to the Saints and Washington. This proves that they are in fact a beatable team under the right conditions. In order to avoid a loss, the first thing they’ll need to do is stop Colts RB Jonathan Taylor. Which is easier said than done.

Taylor has been a nightmare for opposing defenses, but Tampa Bay has a great rushing defense. On average, the Buccaneers allow just 78.40 rushing yards per game, first in the NFL. Having the league’s best rushing defense will definitely be a big help on Sunday. They can’t forget to get their own rushing offense going though, which opens up the passing game.

The Indianapolis Colts have to play to their strengths in this game. Obviously, this means handing the ball off to Jonathan Taylor frequently. At the beginning of the game, it might be tough sledding in the running game. However, over the course of the game, the Tampa Bay defense will start to soften up. This will be the perfect opportunity for the Colts to capitalize.

From there, the Colts can use their running game to open up the passing game. The one thing they’ll have to make sure of is that they don’t allow the score to get out of hand. One thing the Colts can rely on though is their defense. They were able to hold one of the best offenses in the entire NFL to just 15 points last week. We have high expectations of the Colts in this one.

Buccaneers at Colts Predictions

Buccaneers 24 - Colts 30

This is a tough game to call, but it’s guaranteed to be entertaining. Tampa Bay has performed well this season, but they haven’t played a team like the Colts. Even if they shut down Jonathan Taylor in the beginning, can they do it the entire game? If we had to bet on that, we’d say that eventually, Taylor will break out.

On the opposite side, the Colts have an incredible defense that allows just 22.3 points per game. They’re also +3 in this game and are 7-4 against the spread this season. The Buccaneers on the other hand is 4-6 against the spread this season. That being said, we’re going to take the home team in this one.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Buccaneers are 0-5 ATS when playing on the road.

2. In their last three meetings, the Colts are 2-1 ATS when facing Tampa Bay.

3. Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Indianapolis.

Best Bet: Indianapolis Colts +3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts Recap NOV 28TH 2021

Leonard Fournette's fourth touchdown of the game, a 28-yard run with 20 seconds left, lifted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 38-31 win over the host Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Fournette, who rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries, plowed off the left tackle with Tampa Bay (8-3) trying to set up Ryan Succop for a potential game-winning field goal. He ran through a couple of arm tackles and tumbled into the end zone to complete his huge game.

The Colts (6-6) had a final chance after Isaiah Rodgers returned the kickoff 72 yards to the Buccaneers' 32-yard line. But Carson Wentz's pass on the final play was intercepted by Pierre Desir at the 2 to end it.

Wentz completed 27 of 44 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw a pair of interceptions and lost a fumble early in the third quarter as Indianapolis was driving for a potential three-score lead.

Tom Brady hit on 25 of 34 passes for 226 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Tampa Bay. Rob Gronkowski caught seven passes for 123 yards.

NFL rushing leader Jonathan Taylor gained 83 yards on 16 carries, tying the game at 31 with a 4-yard run at the 3:29 mark. But the Colts stayed two games behind Tennessee in the AFC South.

The first half was controlled by Indianapolis, but not in the way it normally gets business done. Instead, the Colts went to the air in order to counter a Tampa Bay defense keying on Taylor.

After the Bucs took a 7-3 second-quarter lead when Fournette scored his first touchdown on a 1-yard run, Wentz answered with a 62-yard bomb to Ashton Dulin at the 11:44 mark. On Indianapolis' next possession, Wentz finished a 90-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle.

Fournette brought Tampa Bay within 17-14 on a 4-yard scoring reception from Brady, but Wentz led a 14-play drive in the final 1:56 that he concluded with a 4-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton. That gave the Colts a 24-14 halftime lead.

A 4-yard run by Fournette and 1-yarder by Ronald Jones in the third quarter put Tampa Bay ahead, 28-24.

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