PR Roundtable: Predicting The Bucs’ Finish
The PewterReport.com Roundtable features the opinions of PR staff as they tackle a topic each week that involves the Bucs. This week's topic: Predicting the arrival of the Bucs Scott Reynolds: Bucs goes 3-1 to finish 10-6 At the end of the week off, Tampa Bay must break a two-game losing streak and a three-game […]

The PewterReport.com Roundtable features the opinions of PR staff as they tackle a topic each week that involves the Bucs.

This week's topic: Predicting the arrival of the Bucs

Scott Reynolds: Bucs goes 3-1 to finish 10-6

At the end of the week off, Tampa Bay must break a two-game losing streak and a three-game losing streak at home with a win over a growing Minnesota team at Raymond James Stadium this Sunday. The Vikings have won five of their last six games to move up to 6-6, and if they win, they will lead the Bucs in the NFC wild card race by virtue of a tie-breaker as both teams would be 7-6. However, the Vikings' only quality victory during this time was at Green Bay. Every other team defeated by Minnesota had loss records, and it took two wins from behind against Carolina (4-8) and Jacksonville (1-11) last week to bring the Vikings to 6- 6. I think a rested and inspired Bucs team beats the Vikings.

Falcons head coach Raheem Morris
Falcons head coach Raheem Morris - Photo by: USA Today

The problem for Tampa Bay arises the following week in Atlanta. The Falcons are 6-2 against the Bucs over the past four years and swept Tampa Bay in 2017 and 18 before parting from the series last year. Matt Ryan has been tough at home during his illustrious career, and Atlanta is playing better, going 4-3 under interim head coach Raheem Morris, who started his coaching career. in the NFL at Tampa Bay and won a Super Bowl with the Bucs in 2002. The Falcons have won two of their last three home games, including a 43-6 against the Las Vegas Raiders three weeks ago before losing a tough game against New Orleans, 21-16. I think the Bucs lost in Atlanta, but beat the Falcons at home in Week 17.

The Bucs will also beat the Lions in Detroit. Without a head coach and not much to play, the Lions will be thinking about the holiday season and shouldn't be giving Tampa Bay much trouble. A loss to Atlanta the week before will give the Bucs 8-6 all the motivation they'll need to move up to 9-6 when they travel to Detroit. A 3-1 record in December will give the Bucs a 10-6 score, which will be good enough for Tampa Bay to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007 as a No.6 seed.

Mark Cook: Bucs Win Out, Go 4-0 on stretch

How good is that Tampa Bay football team? What is the quality of this coaching staff? What is the quality of this front office? With four games to go and after a week off, we're about to find out. The Bucs will be favored in the remaining four games, and some very good teams beat the teams they are supposed to beat. The first are the Jekyll and Hyde Vikings who came back in each of their last two games in the fourth quarter behind quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​who threw over 300 yards in both competitions. Those games were against the Panthers and Jaguars, two teams they had no business to do to begin with. It was also a Minnesota football team that lost to Dallas. Yes, Dallas. So on paper at least, the Bucs are the better team and should be able to win, even if it turns into a lousy win.

Bucs S Antoine Winfield, Jr.
Bucs S Antoine Winfield, Jr. - Photo by: USA Today

The next opponent scares me the most - the soaring Falcons. Well, the soaring might be an exercise, but they've played a lot better since Raheem Morris took over from Dan Quinn. Football is a match-up game as much as anything, and the Flacons offense and Bucs defense is not a good game for Tampa Bay. Still, Atlanta has 4-8 for a reason. The Bucs will face them after the Vikings and then two weeks later to close the regular season. Again, good teams beat teams that they are better. Between the two games with Atlanta, a trip to Detroit for the second year in a row is sandwiched. Like the Falcons, the Lions are 5-7 for a reason. They are not very good.

I don't expect a Super Bowl run this season for the Bucs. They've been exposed and shown to have too many gaps to win it all in 2020. But anything less than the playoffs would be a huge disappointment. Good teams beat the teams they should beat. The Bucs are a good team. Maybe not great, but good. Good enough to run the table and finish 11-5.

Jon Ledyard: Tampa Bay wins en route to 11-5

Make no mistake, the Bucs should definitely win the next four games, heading into the playoffs at 11-5, possibly as a fifth seed. If this team comes out of the bye with new focus, ready to compete and put aside the mistakes that plagued them when they left 7-5, the Bucs may still be one of the most dangerous teams in the NFC. All the pieces are in place for this kind of race.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians
Bucs Head Coach Bruce Arians - Photo by: USA Today

However, it will be more difficult than a month ago. The Vikings have won five of their last six games to come back to 0.500, although narrow last-minute wins over the Panthers (4-8) and Jaguars (1-11) after falling to the Cowboys (3-8) may doesn't inspire a ton of confidence. Still, Minnesota have a well-playing quarterback and two devastating good receivers, which has been a recipe for disaster for the Bucs defense of late. Atlanta is also playing much better football under Raheem Morris, and even Detroit had a comeback win and 34 points against a strong Bears defense on Sunday.

The task is therefore more difficult than it appears on paper, but the time for apologies has passed. If you think the Bucs are a playoff team, they should win at least three of four. And if you think they can really compete for a Super Bowl in an NFC parity, you'll pick them to win all four. I'm still going to take it week to week with my game predictions, but as it stands, if the Bucs can avoid COVID-19 outbreaks, they'll be 11-5 by the end of the season.

Matt Matera: Bucs finishes 3-1 for a 10-6 record

It would normally be understandable to be the most worried about next week's game against the Vikings, but with Minnesota's lackluster overtime win over a one-win Jaguars and the Bucs having a week off to recharge, I am convinced that Tampa Bay will be released. re-energized with a playoff push. It's really just a matter of what type of defense the Bucs play, as they only lose it if they let quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​get hot playing in the soft zone instead of facing the middle with the linebacker Devin White coming home.

We've said the Bucs haven't been consistent enough this season, however, the Detroit Lions haven't been consistent since becoming a franchise. The Bucs are just too talented of a football team to lose to a team like the Lions. As we have seen this year, Tampa Bay will beat the teams they are supposed to beat, but will fight against the best in the league.

Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh
Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh - Photo by: USA Today

What makes it so interesting when trying to accurately pick a game for the Falcons is that they are some of the most unpredictable teams to watch. They have gone 4-3 since the dismissal of head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, with two of those losses to the Saints. A 24-9 loss in Taysom Hill's first start to New Orleans, followed by a 43-9 beating from the Raiders shows how close they can be to Atlanta. The Bucs haven't swept a streak over the Falcons since 2015 and have lost five of their last six encounters against them. Does the addition of Tom Brady change that stat even when played twice in four weeks? I think that trend continues as the Bucs lose one to Atlanta in Week 15, but win the last game of the season at home to advance to the playoffs.

Taylor Jenkins: Bucs Rattle Off Four Straight, Finish 11-5

After two straight losses and a week off, I think the Bucs are quite capable of winning any remaining games on their schedule. It's not because I think Tampa Bay is an unbeatable force, but I just believe they're a much better team than the Falcons and Lions and good enough to handle the Vikings with relative ease if they can. avoid fighting.

Next, the Bucs face a booming Vikings squad, winning five of their last six games, but their last two have been narrow wins over the Panthers and Jaguars with just one win over a team of 0.500 or better. the year. Then Tampa Bay will face the Falcons twice in their last three games with a trip to Detroit in between.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan and Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett
Falcons QB Matt Ryan and Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett - Photo by: Mary Holt / PR

The Lions currently sit at 5-7, but also overtake the recent sacking of the team's general manager and head coach. Detroit answered the call, winning against the Chicago Bears last weekend after the manager change, but Tampa Bay are the better team in this game. And then the Falcons, a team the Bucs have only swept away twice since 2007. Atlanta has a few narrow losses that may prove the team is better than their 4-8 records, the divisional games between the two teams. are still aerial fights and the Falcons have improved a lot since head coach Dan Quinn was fired, including a huge 43-6 win over the Raiders in Week 12, but I'm going to take a risk and say the Bucs withdraw both games. I don't think the Bucs are perfect, but I do think they'll be fresh out of the week off and benefit by winning four games against three beatable opponents to end the year.


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I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about football betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to football betting.

You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the expert, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen !

These are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences.

When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but évidemment the reward is far greater. As a new bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick.

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The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment.

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Half Time/Full Time – This type of bet is split into two, when you predict the winner of the first half then of the entire game. So you could predict a draw at half time but for the home team to win by full time. Banker – This is basically the closet thing to a certainty as you can get, the tipster is very sure that the bet will land if they consider it a banker. For example we give banker tips to our members. Scorecast – This is when you bet on a player to score the first goal along with predicting the correct score. 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There are two things I have caught myself doing related to being greedy, the first is adding extra teams into an accumulator just because it will bump up my maximum payout. This is almost always a dramatiques idea ! The second thing I have done is bet more money on a team than I initially was going to. You should have a plan for how much you are going to bet and stick to it.

You are not going to win every bet, if you want to become successful at betting on you need to be patient and pick the right bets for you. Never bet more than you can afford to loseBefore I place a bet I always think about the money I am going to be placing on it and think, if I were to lose this money right now would I be OK with that. If the answer is no I won’t place the bet.

They are too unpredictable, you don’t know how much effort the respective teams are putting in and reserve players may get an outing that you weren’t counting on. If the friendlies are before the start of a new season ( they often are ) players will be very aware to not pick up any injuries so might not play as as they normally do.

What I mean by this is that two teams can look a certain way on paper, but if one of those teams has already won the league and the other is fighting to stay in the league there is a very good chance that the team good on paper will be on auto pilot whilst the team playing to stay out of relegation is going to be fighting for their life !

If ever there was a post to comment on with your questions this would be it ! The only stupid question is the one not asked. We’re also really keen on hearing where we can improve this article, so if you still have questions or something wasn’t clear, it was because we’ve done a bad job and we would love you to tell us how to do better. If you’re hungry for more, I can highly recommend our free fax course.

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