Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face each other in the NFL 2021 Week 12 on Sunday afternoon. The hosts are in excellent form, and they want to keep up where they left off. The away side managed to break the losing run last weekend and looks forward to building up on that game.
Indianapolis got back into the playoffs spot race, as they booked four wins in the previous five matches. The home side is full of confidence, and they search for another good display against the defending champions. On the other hand, Tampa Bay hasn’t played smoothly in the previous few weeks. They want to stabilize their form and stay on top of the division.
Indianapolis Colts – Can they impress once again?
The Colts have been on a hot run lately, as they celebrated three times in a row. That streak saw them improving to second place in the AFC South, having a 6-5 record. They go to this game after an impressive 41-15 win away to the Bills and host the defending champions full of confidence. Indianapolis has improved its offense significantly, and they have a strong weapon against the Bucs. The Colts are excellent in the rushing game, and Jonathan Taylor led them to a victory over Buffalo with 185 yards and four touchdowns.
Carson Wentz has passed for 2,484 yards so far, with 18 TDs and three picks, while he was sacked 18 times. Jonathan Taylor dominates the ground game with 1,122 rushing yards and 13 scores, while Nyheim Hines, Carson Wentz, and Marlon Mack have combined for 473 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Michael Pittman Jr. has been the Colts’ best receiver with 752 yards and five TDs, while Zach Pascal and Jonathan Taylor have generated a total of 650 receiving yards and five scores. On the other hand, Bobby Okereke leads the defensive corps with 93 total tackles, while DeForest Buckner sacked the opponent QBs 4.5 times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman Jr., T.Y. Hilton, Zach Pascal, Jack Doyle, Eric Fisher, Chris Reed, Ryan Kelly, Mark Glowinski, Braden Smith
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Kwity Paye, DeForest Buckner, Grover Stewart, Al-Quadin Muhammad, Darius Leonard, Bobby Okereke, Zaire Franklin, Rock Ya-Sin, George Odum, Andrew Sendejo, Xavier Rhodes
Quarter Back: Carson Wentz
Kicker: Michael Badgley
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Can they get back home with a win?
The Buccaneers bounced back after losing twice in a row, and they are still on the top of the NFC South. Tampa Bay was better than the Giants on Monday, improving to a 7-3 record. Although they haven’t been impressive lately, the Bucs seem confident to lock the first place in the NFC South. They held the Giants to only 215 yards, while they gained 402 yards in the offense. Tom Brady led the Bucs to the victory by throwing for 307 yards on 30-46, with a pair of scores and a pick.
Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback has passed for 3,177 yards this season, with 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Leonard Fournette has been the best rusher with 521 yards and four TDs, while Ronald Jones II is the only player besides Fournette to gain a three-digit number of yards. Chris Godwin leads the receiving department with 782 yards and five touchdowns, while Mike Evans has contributed with 679 yards and ten scores. Defensively, Devin White has been the most dominant with 87 total tackles, while Shaquil Barrett logged 5.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Jaelon Darden, Rob Gronkowski, Donovan Smith, Nick Leverett, Ryan Jensen, Alex Cappa, Tristan Wirfs
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Ndamukong Suh, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, William Gholston, Jason Pierre-Paul, Devin White, Lavonte David, Shaquil Barrett, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Antoine Winfield Jr., Jordan Whitehead, Jamel Dean
Quarter Back: Tom Brady
Kicker: Ryan Succop
Expert Pick #1 – Indianapolis Colts +3 @-110
I fancy a home underdog here at free points, as they have been a pretty confident bunch lately. On the other hand, the Bucs have been a bit shaky, especially on the road. Besides, Tampa Bay has less time to recover from their latest game, and the Colts could cover the number here. I’ll back them for my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 52.5 @-110
Both teams have been excellent in the offense this season, and Indianapolis went Over four times on the previous five occasions. On the other hand, both sides have allowed more than 22 points per match on average, and I can see this one going over a 52.5 margin. Give me the Over for the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Both teams Over 20 @-167
If you fancy lower odds, this pick might be the right one for you. In case you are not confident in the totals market, then both teams to score 20+ points seems more realistic. Although the odds are not too generous, I’ll take this one as the third tip.