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NFL Week 8 TNF Expert Picks: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Buffalo Bills (10/26/2023)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3) will face off against the Buffalo Bills (4-3) at Highmark Stadium on Thursday evening.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Buffalo Bills

  • Date: Thursday, October 26, 2023
  • Location: Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY
  • Odds/Point Spread: Bills (-8.5)
  • Total/Over-Under: 43.5

Odds source: MyBookie Sportsbook

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3) will face off against the Buffalo Bills (4-3) at Highmark Stadium on Thursday evening. The Bills are favored by 8.5 points, with the total set at 43.5.

Tampa Bay enters this game with a 3-3 record for the season. In their last matchup, the Buccaneers suffered a 16-13 loss to the Falcons. Quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 27 of 42 passes for 275 yards and 1 touchdown, but also had 1 interception. Receiver Mike Evans had 6 catches for 82 yards, while running back Rachaad White rushed for 34 yards on 13 carries. Overall, the Buccaneers gained 329 yards on 65 plays. On defense, Tampa Bay allowed 245 passing yards and 156 rushing yards.

So far this season, the Buccaneers have accumulated 1,786 total yards and 67 first downs. They have scored 8 touchdowns through the air and 1 touchdown on the ground, but have also turned the ball over 6 times. Their rushing offense ranks 29th in the league, averaging 77.8 yards per game. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 17.3 points per game, with opponents averaging 3.8 yards per rush and 95.8 rushing yards per game.

The Bills come into this game with a 4-3 record. In their previous game, they suffered a 29-25 loss to the Patriots. Quarterback Josh Allen threw for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns, but also had 1 interception. Running back James Cook rushed for 56 yards on 13 carries, while receiver Dalton Kincaid had 8 receptions for 75 yards. Buffalo gained a total of 339 yards on 66 plays, with their pass defense allowing 268 yards.

The Bills’ offense averages 369.7 yards per game, with 112.9 rushing yards per game. They have thrown 7 interceptions and lost 4 fumbles this season. Defensively, Buffalo has allowed 201.3 passing yards per game and 128.3 rushing yards per game. They have recorded 14 takeaways, including 6 fumbles and 8 interceptions.

Tonight’s game between the Buccaneers and Bills is expected to be a close one, with the Bills favored by 8.5 points. However, considering the Buccaneers’ strong defensive performance this season and the potential for an upset, taking the Buccaneers +8.5 could be a good bet for this matchup.

The Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +8.5

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