Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) vs. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts 11/26/23 – In Week 12 of the NFL season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers stand at 4-6 and Indianapolis Colts boast an improved 5-5 record. Both teams aim to bolster their playoff hopes; therefore this matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday has become an attractive top football pick, as fans and analysts scrutinize teams’ win/loss records and performance metrics closely.
The Buccaneers have experienced mixed success on offense this season. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has shown signs of improvement with his 64.6 completion percentage and 2143 passing yards; Rachaad White has managed 429 yards rushing while trying to establish consistency within their ground game; in terms of receiving, Mike Evans remains key, amassing 737 yards and 6 touchdowns while providing Mayfield with reliable options for passing and receiving.
Indianapolis Colts offensive efforts have been led by quarterback Gardner Minshew, who has completed 63.75% of his passes for 1721 yards and shown impressive efficiency with their running game led by Zack Moss (rushing for 617 yards and 5 touchdowns) while Michael Pittman Jr has excelled as one of Minshew’s primary targets with 677 receiving yards accumulated so far this season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts Game Info
|Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET
|Lucas Oil Stadium
|NFL Game Pass
Baker Mayfield QB vs. Gardner Minshew QB
Baker Mayfield, quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has brought both energy and challenges to their offense. His performance, with a 64.6% completion rate and 2143 passing yards, illustrates his ability in dispersing the ball effectively; however, some aspects of his tenure may require improvement, particularly touchdown efficiency and reduced turnovers. Mayfield’s ability to connect with key receivers – Mike Evans in particular – has been one of his hallmark traits, showing his potential to penetrate defenses with long throws. With an upcoming match against Indianapolis Colts Mayfield will come under close examination, especially during high pressure situations.
Gardner Minshew has proven himself an adept leader and resilient quarterback since being given his starting spot with the Indianapolis Colts. Achieve a completion rate of 63.75% along with 1721 passing yards is proof of this success; with Michael Pittman Jr being his go-to receiver. Minshew and Pittman Jr forming an invaluable bond that proves essential in pivotal passing situations. Against Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 10, his strategic acumen will be put through its paces when confronting their formidable pass rush and looking out for weakness within their secondary.
NFL Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +112, Total Odds: 42.5
The Buccaneers are slight underdogs with a +112 moneyline and a +2.5 point spread. The total over/under is set at 42.5 points, indicating expectations of a moderately scoring game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Trends
Tampa Bay has shown some strength against the spread, going 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. However, their trend of going UNDER in 7 of their last 8 games suggests a struggle in scoring, which bettors should consider.
Indianapolis Colts Betting Trends
The Colts have a mixed record, going 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games but struggling with a 5-12 SU in their last 17 games. Their trend of going OVER in 11 of their last 16 games contrasts with Tampa Bay’s, indicating a potential for a higher-scoring game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts 11/26/23 Betting Picks
This matchup presents a close contest between two teams seeking to improve their standing. The Buccaneers, despite being underdogs, have a strong ATS record and a deep-threat receiver in Evans, which could play a significant role. The Colts, with their steady yet unspectacular offense, will look to exploit the Buccaneers’ inconsistencies.
Our Elite Picks, the Buccaneers might be a valuable pick, especially considering the close point spread and their recent ATS performance. Prop bets on individual player performances, such as Mayfield’s passing yards or Moss’s rushing yards, could offer additional betting interest. Given the contrasting trends in scoring, betting on the total going UNDER might also be a wise choice.
Free Pick and Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24, Indianapolis Colts 20