A battle for NFC bragging rights takes place on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) take on the Seattle Seahawks (4-5) at the a neutral venue. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in first place in NFC South after collecting four wins from nine games so far in the regular season, while six wins in nine matches leaves Seattle Seahawks first in the NFC West. Bookmakers certainly favour the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a win when the Seattle Seahawks come knocking on Sunday. However, with the visitors coming off the back on some good wins, they might just prove a tough nut to crack at the a neutral venue.
Take the Seattle Seahawks (2.25) for the underdog win. Yes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are favored on the moneyline at 1.68, but their struggles at home suggest nothing is set in stone as far as this matchup is concerned. The hosts are 2-3 SU at the a neutral venue after losing three of their past five home games. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks are going strong on the road. The visitors have bagged three wins in their past five trips to go 5-4 on the road this season, and are the value bet.
Against the Spread
The oddsmakers are siding with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1.68) on the spread, but not by much. The hosts open up as -2.5 point favorites over the Seattle Seahawks for Sunday’s showdown. The last five rounds between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks have been rather one-sided, with an average winning margin of up to 11.6 points.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have failed to cover the spread in six of their last seven games. Siding with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the spread hasn’t paid out well at all recently. They have failed to cover the spread in four of their past 5 home matches, and are 2-7 ATS in the last 10 overall.
The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, have covered the spread in five of their last six games. The visitors are 4-3 ATS from their seven most recent road trips, as well as 7-3 ATS in their last ten games overall.
Matches between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks tend not to be the most high-scoring affairs as their average score says 36.66 points in their last nine meetings.
Going for the Over (1.68) might be worth a shot, with the total currently set at 44.5 points, as the total average points from the previous five meetings between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks was 45.6 points.
The total has gone under in four of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ last five games. Meanwhile, on the other side of the market, the total only went over in three of the last five home games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are 2-8 against the total across their last ten games, whether home or away.
In the last four matches Seattle Seahawks played on the road, the total score went over. Interestedly, the total has gone under in six of the Seattle Seahawks’ past nine matchups against teams from the NFC South.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers have failed to cover the spread in six of their last seven games.
- four of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ last five games went under
- Seattle Seahawks have covered the spread in their last four games.
- Seattle Seahawks’ last four away games went over.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the last three H2H matches against Seattle Seahawks when playing at home.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Form
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were left licking their wounds when the Los Angeles Rams handed them a surprise 16-13 defeat in their last match. They now have a 4-5 record for the season and are 2-3 in the last five home games.
Things haven’t improved on the offense front for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at all, having put just 16.0 points on board across the last five matches. In all, the offense has averaged 18.0 points for the season. On the defensive side of the ball, there has been no letup whatsoever. The hosts boast one of the stingiest defenses in the entire country, allowing just 18.2 points per game for this season, and have remained formidable in the past five games, having only given up 19.2 points on average.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are touted as a potential Super Bowl challenger for this season. While it’s still early days, things are going according to plan so far. The hosts hold the fourth seed in the NFC Conference, leaving them set for a spot in the January playoffs. Until then, the aim will be to strengthen their position by either maintaining or improving their current seeding.
Seattle Seahawks Form
The Seattle Seahawks have grabbed an impressive five wins from their six most recent matchups. The away side’s most recent game ended in a 31-21 triumph over the Arizona Cardinals.
In terms of points added, it’s fair to say the Seattle Seahawks have a strong and consistent offense. The unit has put 29.2 points on board in the last five matches after all, while averaging 26.8 points for this season. As for the defense, the visitors have given up 21.0 points across the previous five outings. Considering the defensive unit has only allowed 24.4 points for the season itself, it’s fair to say the defensive unit has not performed to its usual standards of late.
Despite going no further than the wild card round of the playoffs in January, Seattle Seahawks are hopeful of a potential NFC Championship challenge after going 6-3 in the regular season so far.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Seattle Seahawks H2H
The Seattle Seahawks bagged a 40-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the previous matchup between these two franchises. The encounter took place at the CenturyLink Field in November 2019. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have enjoyed the upper hand over the Seattle Seahawks from their previous nine matchups. The home side celebrated four wins to go 4-5 in this series and will look to continue their dominance at the a neutral venue.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tallied 19.22 points on average per game from their nine most recent head-to-head games against the Seattle Seahawks. The latter managed an average of 17.44 points in comparison.