After winning at Kansas City last week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now 4-1 on the road this season. Unfortunately, they're also just 1-4 both straight up and against the spread within the supposedly friendly confines of Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs will have their hands full trying to turn that trend around when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.
Point spread: The Seahawks opened as six-point favorites; the total was 45 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report).
Why the Seahawks can cover the spread
Seattle comes in riding a three-game winning streak with three straight covers,after beating the Philadelphia Eagles last week 26-15. The Seahawks trailed the Eagles 7-6 early in the second quarter and then scored the game's next 20 points to take control and hung on for the cash as seven-point favorites.
On the day, Seattle outgained Philly 439-308 and outrushed the Eagles 152-113. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 272 yards and one touchdown, and he caught a touchdown pass on a beautiful trick play from wide receiver Doug Baldwin in the third quarter, providing the crushing blow.
Two weeks ago, the Seahawks upset the New England Patriots in Foxborough 31-24, and just before that, they beat the Buffalo Bills 31-25. At 7-2-1, Seattle leads the NFC West by three games now over the second-place Arizona Cardinals.
Why the Buccaneers can cover the spread
Tampa owns a two-game winning streak with two straight covers after upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium last week 19-17. The Bucs trailed at the half 10-9 and then scored the first 10 points out of the locker room and held on from there for the outright victory as seven-point underdogs.
Tampa Bay outgained Kansas City 442-343, outrushed the Chiefs 116-82 and won time of possession by a 35-25 margin. Quarterback Jameis Winston, in throwing one touchdown pass and zero interceptions, now owns a 12-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio over the last six games.
Not surprisingly, the Buccaneers are 4-2 both SU and ATS over their last six contests. At 5-5 overall, Tampa Bay sits just a game back of division-leading Atlanta in the NFC South.
Seattle looks like it's rounding into shape for another playoff run now that Wilson is healthy again. Plus, the Seahawks are already 2-0 both SU and ATS on the East Coast this year. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, is coming off a big victory on the road but could be ripe for a letdown as a young team. The smart money sides with Seattle.
The total has gone under in seven of the Seahawks' last nine games against the Buccaneers.
The Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games on the road against the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games after an ATS win.
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