Buccaneers vs. Colts Betting Preview & Free Week 12 NFL Picks

David Lawrence

Friday, November 27, 2015 7:26 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 7:26 PM GMT

Tampa Bay is now 5-5 after a two-game winning streak and the playoffs are now a possibility. However, Indianapolis is also 5-5 and have won two in a row as they try to stay on top of the AFC South.

Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open: -3 -117 at Pinnacle
The Colts opened this NFL betting as 3-point favorites at home, and that is where the NFL odds have stayed. The line would probably be higher with Andrew Luck playing, or maybe not as the Colts are 3-0 SU when Matt Hasselbeck starts. The 40-year-old might not have the physical gifts of Luck, but he knows his limitations and manages the game wonderfully. The Colts showed a lot of heart to come back from double digits twice in a 27-24 win in Atlanta, which kept them at the top of the division. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers lit up Philadelphia in a 45-17 win on the road as QB Jameis Winston tied a rookie record with five touchdowns and suddenly, Tampa Bay is right there in the playoff conversation. Both of these teams have some momentum right now, which makes this a huge game for both as we head into the crucial month of December.

 

Buccaneers vs. Colts? Spread

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Buccaneers vs. Colts?  Totals

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Buccaneers vs. Colts?  Money Line

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Injuries
The Buccaneers got WR Vincent Jackson back last week, and TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins is due to return this week. Seferian-Jenkins has been dealing with a shoulder injury that has kept him on the sidelines for eight games, and that is just one more weapon in the passing game for Winston, who is coming off his best game as a pro.

For the Colts, LB Erik Walden has a problem with his heel and was seen in a walking boot on Wednesday. T Anthony Castonzo might not be able to shake off a knee injury, while CB Vontae Davis left the Atlanta game because of his hamstring. Of course, there is the kidney injury to Luck, who won't be back for four weeks and that is being optimistic.

 

Trends
The Bucs are 6-4 ATS overall this season, and an excellent 4-1 ATS on the road. The Colts are 5-5 ATS overall, including 2-3 ATS at home. The total sits at 46.5, with the Colts going over five times and the Buccaneers, six times.

The Colts are 6-4 SU and 7-3 ATS against the Buccaneers since 1985, including 3-1 SU and ATS at home.

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