The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) play the Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) on Sunday, 18 at 16:25 at Raymond James Stadium – going into this Week 15 matchup, the Bengals are in second place in the AFC North.
A tally of nine wins is three more than what their opponents have managed all season, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seeing victory six times to go first in the NFC South.
As the regular season enters its final weeks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cincinnati Bengals are both set for the playoffs and will look to extend their grip on a postseason berth by winning the latest matchup of this series.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Cincinnati Bengals Betting lines
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Cincinnati Bengals Betting expert picks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Cincinnati Bengals Moneyline
While you could argue the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have home-field advantage on their side, their record in this series is a bit of a letdown, which is why we’re favoring the Cincinnati Bengals to win on Sunday. This makes for a simple moneyline bet.
The visitors are on a three-match winning streak against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and we’re backing them to continue this trend on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Cincinnati Bengals Spread
The Bengals open up as the 3.5-point favorites over the Buccaneers, according to the oddsmakers. This suggests a road win is possible, but it won’t be by much. The eight most recent matchups in this series have seen an average points margin of 5.1 points.
Backing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to cover the spread looks like a red flag here, even on home soil. They’ve failed to cover the spread in their last three outings ahead of Sunday’s matchup. The hosts are also 1-6-1 ATS in the past eight games at home and 1-8-1 ATS overall from their previous ten games.
The Bengals have covered the spread in five of their last six games on the road. The visitors are 5-3 ATS from their eight most recent road trips, as well as 9-1 ATS in their last ten games overall.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Cincinnati Bengals Total
Matches between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals tend not to be the most high-scoring affairs, as the average total has been 37.88 points in their last eight meetings.
The total for this game is set at 42.0, a number that is higher than the average of 40.4 points total the two teams have managed in their last five NFL meetings.
The total has averaged 40.0 points in the Buccaneers’ ten most recent games, as well as 36.8 points in their last five at home. Games at the Raymond James Stadium don’t always seem to produce the expected number of points, as the total has gone under in seven of the past ten matchups home matches for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As for the Bengals, the average total has been 48.1 points in the away team’s past ten matches and 48.0 points in the last five on the road. Interestedly, the total has gone under in five of the away team’s past ten matchups against teams from the NFC South.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Cincinnati Bengals Betting trends
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers have failed to cover the spread in their last three games.
- Four of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ last five games went under at Raymond James Stadium
- Cincinnati Bengals have covered the spread in nine of their last ten games.
NFL Power Rankings Week 15 2022, Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Cincinnati Bengals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Form
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers slipped to 6-7 for the season last week after falling to a 35-7 defeat against the San Francisco 49ers. They are 4-6 across their ten most recent games and 4-1 in the past eight at home.
Scoring clearly isn’t where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ A-game lies. The offense has only put 17.2 points on board, which is one of the league’s worst points averages. On the other side of the ball, the defense has been relatively average in the league recently.
The hosts have given up 20.6 points in the previous five outings, which is more or less on par with the 19.5 points they’ve allowed per game over the course of the regular season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are touted as a potential Super Bowl challenger for this season. While it’s still early days, things are going according to plan so far. The hosts hold the fourth seed in the NFC Conference, leaving them set for a spot in the January playoffs.
Until then, the aim will be to strengthen their position by either maintaining or improving their current seeding.
Cincinnati Bengals Form
Form is really looking good for the Cincinnati Bengals after claiming a 23-10 win against Cleveland Browns last week. The victory extended their winning streak to five matches, improving their regular season record to 9-4. They are also 4-3 on the road.
There has been no letup from the ever-impressive away offense, having put up 29.8 points on average across the last five matches. This leaves the Cincinnati Bengals with a regular season average of 25.8 points.
On the other side of the ball, the defense has been relatively average in the league recently. The visitors have given up 20.2 points in the previous five outings, which is more or less on par with the 20.4 points they’ve allowed per game over the course of the regular season.
For the Cincinnati Bengals, lifting the famous Vince Lombardi Trophy is the ultimate target. A spot in the playoffs come to the end of the regular season should be the bare minimum expected of them.
After all, this is a team that finished first in the AFC North, won the AFC Championship, and came within a whisker of Super Bowl glory in the previous football season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Cincinnati Bengals H2H history
The previous matchup between these two franchises ended in a 14-19 win for the Cincinnati Bengals at the Raymond James Stadium in August 2021.
The two sides came away with four wins from their past eight meetings, meaning the upcoming matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cincinnati Bengals will be something of a tiebreaker in this series in terms of outright wins.
In their last eight head-to-head games, the Buccaneers managed 19 points on average per game, while the Bengals put 18.88 points on board.