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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Keys: Staying Healthy
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing incredibly well on the offensive side of the field as they are averaging 29.5 points on 411.5 total yards per game. As any team would be, the Bucs are centered around quarterback Tom Brady as he is second with a 65.7 QBR and leading the league in passing yards (4,580) and passing touchdowns (37).
Tampa is dealing with a decent amount of injuries, specifically in the skill position area, as wide receiver Chris Godwin (knee), wide receiver Mike Evans (COVID/hamstring), and running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring) are all expected to be out for this game.
The defense of Tampa Bay have been playing well also as they are giving up 20.8 points per game. They have been able to get into the backfield as they are tied for second with the Vikings with 44 total sacks and third in the NFL with 87.5 rushing yards per game.
New York Jets Preview: Continue Improving under Robert Saleh
The New York Jets have been struggling this season offensively as they are scoring 18.4 points on 340.5 total yards per game.
They have been seeing some improvements from their rookie quarterback Zach Wilson as he is completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 2,013 yards with seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions through the air and 25 rushing attempts for 161 yards (6.4 yards per carry) with four rushing touchdowns. He needs to work on his accuracy as that has not been there consistently throughout his first season in the NFL.
The defense of the New York Jets has been struggling to get stops as they are allowing 29.9 points and 409.1 yards per game this season. The defense needs to improve as they are only giving up fewer rushing yards per game than the Pittsburgh Steelers (141.3).
Pick of the Game: Buccaneers -13.5
Tampa Bay is pushing for a top seed in the playoffs and will look to dominate a bad Jets team. Look for the Bucs to control this game for the full 60 minutes as the Jets are in full tank mode looking for a high draft pick in 2022. Take Brady and company to continue to roll in week 17 with a blowout road win. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Buccaneers win and cover 34-10