Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Preview

Kansas City Chiefs

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs (9-1) own the second-best record in the NFL as they look to boost their winning streak to six games. Mahomes has passed for a league-best 3,035 yards and also owns a superb ratio of 27 touchdowns to two interceptions, helping Kansas City lead the NFL in scoring with a 32.1 average.

Wideout Tyreek Hill had a season-best 11 receptions last Sunday in a 35-31 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. He has topped 100 yards in back-to-back games and scored six touchdowns over the past four contests. The Chiefs have been soft on defense the past two games, allowing 31 each time while beating the Carolina Panthers and Raiders by a combined six points. Kansas City has experienced consistency issues from its pass rush with just 19 sacks total. defensive ends Chris Jones (31 sacks the previous three seasons) has 5.5 and Frank Clark (40 from 2016-19) has four, but the two haven’t been as solid as recent campaigns.

Safety Daniel Sorensen is enjoying a stellar season with team-best totals of 61 tackles and three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) while sharing the lead with two forced fumbles. Tight end Travis Kelce, who is just 104 yards away from his fifth straight 1,000-yard season, was a full practice participant on Wednesday despite having a pectoral injury. Jones (groin) also practiced in full and should be fine for the contest.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Veteran quarterback Tom Brady looks to bounce back from a lackluster performance in which he threw two costly interceptions during a 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday. The Buccaneers (7-4) likely need a strong effort from Brady (2,955 yards, 25 touchdowns) to keep pace with the Chiefs as opposed to getting the version of Brady who has three multi-interception games and nine picks overall this season.

Receiver Antonio Brown is getting comfortable in the offense that averages 29.1 points, hauling in 15 receptions over the past two games. The Buccaneers totaled just 42 yards on the ground against the Rams with Ronald Jones II (754 rushing yards on the season) getting only 24. Consistency issues have plagued Jones all season as he has four outings of more than 100 yards and five of 34 or fewer.

Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul recorded his fourth career interception with a pick against the Rams and also has a team-best 7.5 sacks while standout inside linebacker Devin White ranks third in the NFL with 97 tackles. Cornerback Jamel Dean (concussion) likely will miss the contest after getting injured on Monday.

The offensive line is ailing with left tackle Donovan Smith (ankle) and center A.Q. Shipley (neck) both hurt while standout left guard Ali Marpet (concussion) isn’t certain to be cleared. Marpet could miss his fourth straight contest.

Chiefs at Buccaneers Betting Pick for Week 12

Mahomes vs. Brady feels like a mismatch, and that might best describe where the two quarterbacks currently stand in their careers. Mahomes is clicking on all cylinders all the time. Brady is still trying to get accustomed to the Bruce Arians way of offense, and ill-advised throws directly to defenders amplify the issues.

Kansas City has lost five straight games to the Buccaneers since the Joe Montana-led 1993 team posted a 27-3 win over Steve DeBerg and Tampa Bay. That streak should end in this one as the Buccaneers will need to thrive in a shootout to slay the Chiefs.

Chiefs at Buccaneers Betting Pick: Chiefs 45, Buccaneers 35

Chiefs at Buccaneers Best Bet for Week 12

Points will be scored … and scored … and scored … as the Chiefs will keep the scoreboard busy. Brady’s receiving arsenal will see many balls come their way as the Buccaneers will have time to throw against a sagging Kansas City pass rush.

Chiefs at Buccaneers Best Bet: OVER 55.5 total points (-115)

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Preview

Monday, November 23, 2020, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, Florida, 8:15 p.m. ET

Rams at Buccaneers Betting Preview: Rams (+4/-110), Buccaneers (-4/-110)

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams (6-3) have evolved into a standout defensive unit as they head toward the stretch drive of the NFL season. Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (nine sacks) remains the headliner of a group that ranks second in the NFL in both scoring defense (18.7 points per game) and total defense (296.4 yards per game).

Standout cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey (one interception) and Darious Williams (four picks) are key reasons why the unit is third in passing defense (199.7 yards per game), and the club also rates fifth in rushing defense (96.8 yards per game).

Los Angeles has dropped a notch from its recent glory years on the offensive side of the ball as it ranks just 19th in scoring offense (24.0 points per game). Quarterback Jared Goff has passed for 2,447 yards and 13 touchdowns against six interceptions and will be looking for his third straight 300-yard passing game. Darrell Henderson Jr. (486 rushing yards) and Malcolm Brown (347) are splitting the ball-carrying duties.

The Rams sustained a huge blow when standout left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) was lost for up to eight weeks when he got hurt last week in a 23-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Joe Noteboom will be the starter against the Bucs and will be charged with softening the loss of the four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers (7-3) will be seeking their fifth win in six games when they welcome the Rams to town. Quarterback Tom Brady is playing well at age 43 and has passed for 2,739 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his first season with Tampa Bay.

Running back Ronald Jones II (730 rushing yards) has emerged as a force — see his 98-yard scoring run as part of a career-high 192 rushing yards in last week in a 46-23 win over the Carolina Panthers as the latest piece of evidence.

The Buccaneers rank seventh in the NFL in scoring offense (29.6) but also feature a stellar defense that leads the NFL in rushing defense (76.6) and ranks third in total defense (300.3).

Linebacker/defensive end Jason Paul-Pierre (7.5 sacks) is routinely putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks while inside linebackers Devin White (five sacks, team-high 88 tackles) and Lavonte David (73 stops) are enjoying stellar seasons. Carlton Davis (four interceptions) is receiving more mentions as one of the top cornerbacks in the league.

Guard Ali Marpet (concussion) practiced on Thursday and has his sights of playing after missing the previous two games. Tampa Bay also looks to work in Antonio Brown even more this week after the stellar wideout had seven receptions for 69 yards last Sunday.

Rams at Buccaneers Betting Pick for Week 11

Corralling Brady and his slew of pass-catchers that includes Brown, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and tight end Rob Gronkowski will be a good challenge for a Rams unit that has been stellar all season. Los Angeles has allowed 10 or fewer points on three occasions but has been dinged up for an average of 29 points in its three setbacks.

Tampa Bay’s defense might have the easier chore in limiting Goff as well as a Los Angeles running game that doesn’t scare anyone. The Buccaneers spend a lot of time in offensive backfields with White leading the way with 10.5 tackles for loss in addition to his sack output.

Rams at Buccaneers Betting Pick: Buccaneers 24, Rams 19

Rams at Buccaneers Best Bet for Week 11

The teams combined for 95 points, 982 yards and 63 first downs in last season’s meeting at Los Angeles. Expect a much different type of game this time around with both defenses rating among the best in the NFL.

Rams at Buccaneers Best Bet: UNDER 48.5 total points (-114)