NFL Best Bets for Week 15|
December 16th 2017 - Old Man Winner
ATL -6 @ TB
Tampa Bay is a hot mess right now. They have lost three games in a row, are
out of the playoff race, and clearly are not clicking on either side of the
ball. The magical connection that Winston and Evans once had appears to have
faded. The Bucs have no running game and their defense is a sieve. You know when
you read articles trying to convince you that 'the coach has not lost the team',
that although he may not have lost it he certainly has not found it. Like yours
car keys - you know they are around here somewhere, but have no idea where.
Atlanta on the other hand, is a quality team. They are not getting the credit
they deserve. They have played much better in the second half of the season
after opening the year on the proverbial Super Bowl hangover. They have won four
of their last five and their three most recent losses have come at the hands of
quality teams (Vikings, Panthers, Patriots). They may not be the unstoppable
force on offense as they were last year, but they are super consistent on both
sides of the ball.
I see Tampa maybe hanging with them for a half or so before the Falcons
ploddingly start to pull away late. Look for a strong game from Davonte Freeman
and maybe a defensive score.
Atl 34 TB 20 (yep - same score as the game last month)