Seahawks Bucs Spread Line and Predictions – NFL Week 16 Picks

Who would have thought in August that their would be serious playoff implication on the line when the Seahawks and Bucs would meet in week 16 action. Seattle is reeling, again, is unsure of its starting quarterback and is traveling a long way to Tampa. The Bucs are coming off another tough setback, but are still in the wild card hunt. The (6-8) Seattle Seahawks all but need a win against the (8-6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday if they have any postseason aspirations, kickoff slated for 4:15 PM EST. These two NFC conference squads met last season and it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers posting a 24-7 road win at Seattle as a +6 ½ point road underdog. The game landed under the closing total of 39 points.

Seattle makes this long road trip in week 16 with an overall record of 6-8 on the year. The team puts up 19 points and 304 yards per game. The club sits tied in first place in the NFC west with just two games remaining. The Seahawks play their eighth road game of the year where they sit at 2-5. Their only two road wins came at Chicago and Arizona. Seattle has lost two straight and four of their past five. They are coming off a bad 34-18 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons as a +5 ½ point underdog. Seattle put up only 234 yards and converted on just 4 of 12 on third down. The team ran it 21 times for 91 yards for nearly 4 ½ yards per rush. The team was sloppy with 10 penalties for 76 yards and three turnovers. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed 10 of 17 passes for 71 yards with no touchdowns and two picks and a fumble in his own end zone that resulted in a Falcons touchdown. Back up Charlie Whitehurst relieved with 8 of 16 pass completions for 83 yards with no touchdowns and picks. Seattle allowed the Falcons last week 266 yards and 9 of 19 conversions on third down. The Seahawks contained a good Atlanta run attack by giving up 98 yards on 37 carries for a 2.6 yards per rush average. The club allowed the opposing quarterback to hit on 20 of 35 passing for 174 yards with three touchdowns and one pick. All reports point to Hasselbeck getting the start on Sunday. Running back Marshawn Lynch ran it 12 times for 60 yards and a score. Winning a game on the road is never easy, especially for the Seahawks. Beating a playoff contending team that is above .500 on the road is even harder. This week is different. Despite all the Seahawks history losing on the road and the epic struggles from their quarterback, the Seahawks have no excuses going into this one. Drew Stanton passed for over 250 yards and a 91.3 QB rating last week against this defense. Maurice Morris ran for 109 yards and a 7.3 average per carry. Mike Williams will have had another week of practice and healing, as will Ben Obomanu. The Bucs are 1-4 in games in which they have rushed for less than 100 yards. That’s notable not just because of the record, but because they’ve only been held under 100 yards rushing five times all year.

The Buccaneers cannot win the NFC south and sit just one game behind the New York Giants for final NFC wildcard spot. Tampa Bay plays their eighth home game this season where they stand at 3-4. The team has struggled down the stretch as they are losers of three of their past four games and have dropped two straight home games. The Buccaneers are coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions last week as a -3 ½ point home favorite. Tampa Bay put up 403 yards and converted on 5 of 12 on third down. The team was outstanding on the ground with 176 yards on 28 carries for nearly 6 ½ yards per rush. Tampa Bay failed in two tries inside the Lions red zone. The Buccaneers were sloppy with 9 penalties for 65 yards. Quarterback Josh Freeman completed 21 of 32 passes for 251 yards with a touchdown and no picks. Running back LeGarrette Blount rushed it 15 times for 110 yards with a score. Cadillac Williams had 38 yards on the ground with 7 carries. The Bucs have allowed 369 yards rushing in the last two weeks to the #23 and #28 rushing teams in the NFL. They have the second fewest sacks in the NFL, with 20, and they have no healthy player that has registered a sack in the last three weeks. A key strength of their defense has been a secondary that included Ronde Barber and Aquib Talib. Talib is now on IR, as is their starting free safety. Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett averaged over 5 YPC last week, and the offensive line has largely settled in finally. Seattle’s offense should put up over 400 yards and score at least 21 points on their own. Turnovers will be key, more because it will be in everyone’s mind. The offense should be able to overcome some mistakes, but psychology just has to be factor given the events of the past few weeks. Another strong performance from LeGarrette Blount might help. The rookie from Oregon had 110 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Lions and has compiled 747 yards and five TDs over his last nine games.

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Seahawks vs Buccaneers Spread, Line and Betting Odds:

Spread:

Seattle Seahawks +6
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers -6

Game Total:

Over (-110)
44
Under (-110)

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Seahawks vs Buccaneers Prediction for Week 16:

Spread Prediction (TOP PLAY) – It is a joke to the NFC West that any one of their teams gets into the postseason. Most likely, the team getting through in the NFC West will have a losing record or .500 at best and surely will do little to no damage in January action. The Seahawks are a brutal club and Pete Carroll still needs a few drafts and free agency classes to get this team to where he wants. They do not threaten any defense vertically and their defense is all but absent this year. Seattle is 3-13 ATS in its last 16 games on the road and 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games. The Bucs have flourished from young talent and veteran leadership especially second year pro quarterback Josh Freeman. Josh has been the catalyst behind Tampa’s resurgence and a win on Sunday coupled with another victory next week might squeak them into January action. Tampa is riding a two game winning streak against the Hawks and I expect them to increase that record to three. We will side with the home team earning a much-needed victory with ease.

Top Play Prediction = Buccaneers -6

Game Total Prediction – The Seahawks have been absolute locks this year on the road as far as point totals go. They are absolutely dismal when traveling so they have been absolute locks to be in games where the totals reach the OVER. The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 5 games on the road. In 4 of their last 5 games they have given up no fewer then 34 points in each contest, even to the offensively deprived 49ers for that matter. The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle’s last 5 games. The Bucs, who are a defensively built team, will still be able to pick their spots and rookie sensation RB LeGarrette Blount might have himself a 125-150 yard day. QB Josh Freeman, who is looking more and more like the real deal, will be able to vertically test this weak secondary in the Seahawks and we should find that the points come. Take a look at the OVER on Sunday afternoon, the Seahawks are just to poor on the road for them to enter into a low-scoring affair. Cheers!

Prediction = OVER 44 Total Points

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