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NFL Betting Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

December 24, 2023


The Jacksonville Jaguars will travel to Tampa, Florida to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium with the game kicking off at 4:05 PM ET on Sunday afternoon and will air on CBS in week 16 of the NFL season.

 

Despite losing three games in a row, the Jacksonville Jaguars are in 1st place in the AFC South with a record of 8-6, however, they are in a three-team tie for 1st place with the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans but hold the tiebreaker over both teams. The defense has struggled over the last three weeks as they are allowing an average of 29.33 points per game during the current stretch which has dropped their scoring defense to an average of 22.36 points per game which is more than the league average of 21.75 points per game. However, Jacksonville has had an above-average scoring and passing offense as they enter this game averaging 22.79 points and 244 passing yards per game. 

 

Trevor Lawrence has played a pivotal role in the success that the offense has had this season as he enters this game having completed 324 of 492 attempts for 3,525 yards with 18 touchdowns and ten interceptions while rushing for 300 yards and four touchdowns. The Jacksonville Jaguars will look to end their three-game losing streak when they travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tied with the New Orleans Saints for 1st place in the NFC South with a record of 7-7 and are on a three-game winning streak following Sunday’s 34-20 win on the road against the Green Bay Packers. The offense for the Buccaneers this season has been below-average in terms of points scored per game, however, they have been a slightly above-average passing team as they enter this game averaging 21.14 points and 224.29 passing yards per game. 

 

Baker Mayfield has had a solid season in his first season with Tampa Bay as he enters this game having completed 296 of 466 attempts for 3,315 yards with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The scoring defense for the Buccaneers has been above-average as they enter this game allowing an average of 20.71 points per game which ranks 13th in the NFL. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to extend their winning streak to four games when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon in week 16 of the NFL season.

 

BookMaker has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers listed as 1-point favorites at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon in week 16 of the NFL season. Jacksonville has won four of the last seven while Tampa Bay has won two of the last three meetings. The Jaguars are 4-3 ATS in the last seven while the Buccaneers are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 8-6 ATS overall, 4-1 ATS on the road, and 2-4 ATS as an underdog this season while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 9-5 ATS overall, 2-4 ATS at home, and 2-2 ATS as a favorite on the year.

 

Jacksonville enters this game on a three-game losing streak while Tampa Bay enters on a three-game winning streak. The Buccaneers have also been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three matchups while going 2-1 ATS in those contests. I look for those trends to continue which is why I am taking the moneyline for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at -115 when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 16.

 

Spooky Express Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Moneyline (-115)