We are in for a treat in the form of an NFC Conference matchup as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) step up to face the Seattle Seahawks (6-3) at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany on Sunday. A tally of four wins from nine games leaves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a divisional ranking of first in the NFC South, while the Seattle Seahawks are first in the NFC West after collecting six victories out of a possible nine. The oddsmakers certainly favor the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for victory when the Seattle Seahawks come knocking this coming Sunday. However, with the visitors coming off the back of some good wins, they might just prove to be a tough nut to crack in Europe.
Form Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put an end to their two-game losing skid last time out by beating the Los Angeles Rams 16-13. The victory improved their record from the past ten games to 4-6 ahead of their trip to Munich.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense has been abysmal all season. It has put up just 18.0 points per game and they saw no improvement in the last five matches, which produced an average of 16.0 points. On the defensive side of the ball, there has been no letup whatsoever. The home team boasts one of the stingiest defenses in the entire country, allowing just 18.2 points per game for this season, and have remained formidable in the past five games, having only given up 19.2 points on average.
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. They hold the fourth seed in the NFC Conference, leaving them set for a spot in the winter playoffs. Until then, the aim will be to strengthen their position by either maintaining or improving their current seeding.
Form Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks have grabbed an impressive five wins from their six most recent matchups. The away side’s most recent game ended in a 31-21 triumph over the Arizona Cardinals.
A strong offense has been a highlight for the Seattle Seahawks this season. The unit ranks second in the NFL’s offensive ladder with 26.8 points per game and has put up 29.2 points in the last five matches alone. On the other side of the ball, the defense has been relatively average in the league recently. The away team has given up 21.0 points in the previous five outings, which is more or less on par with the 24.4 points they’ve allowed per game over the course of the regular season.
2021 was a year of doom and gloom for the Seattle Seahawks. A 7-10 record left the home team fourth in the NFC West and out of the playoffs. However, they entered this season billed as an early postseason threat, and judging by their 6-3 start this time around, they’re on target to do just that.
The Seattle Seahawks downed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-34 in the previous matchup between these two franchises. The encounter took place at the CenturyLink Field in November 2019. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have enjoyed the upper hand over the Seattle Seahawks from their previous nine matchups. The home side celebrated four wins to go 4-5 in this series and will look to continue their dominance at the a neutral venue.
In their past nine head-to-head games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off 19.22 points on average per game, whereas Seattle Seahawks managed 17.44 points per match.
Take the Seattle Seahawks (+125) for the underdog win. Yes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are favored on the moneyline at -147, but they are 2-3 SU in their last five games. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks are going strong on the road. The visitors have bagged three wins in their past five trips to go 5-4 on the road this season, and are the value bet.
The oddsmakers are siding with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-120) on the spread, but not by much. The home team opens up as -2.5 point favorites over the Seattle Seahawks for Sunday’s matchup. The last five rounds between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks have been rather one-sided, with an average winning margin of up to 11.6 points.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have failed to cover the spread in six of their last seven games. In their previous ten games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 2-7 ATS overall and 0-5 ATS in the last ten games at home.
Even away from home, the Seattle Seahawks look too good to pass up on the spread. Backing the away side has paid off in each of their last four games, and we’re tempted to go down this route. For covering the spread, the Seattle Seahawks have managed to string together a fine record. They have covered the spread in their last four matchups, going 5-4 ATS in their last nine matchups in all.
The points total in matches between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks tends to sway to the lower side, as they have averaged 36.66 points in their last nine meetings.
Going for the Over (-110) might be worth a shot, with the total currently set at 44.5 points, as the total average points from the previous five meetings between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks was 45.6 points.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw four of their previous five games going under. Interestedly, the total has gone under in six of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ past nine matchups against teams from the NFC West.
In the last four matches Seattle Seahawks played on the road, the total score went over. Also worth noting is the fact that over was a winning bet in four of the last 5 away games for the Seattle Seahawks. All in all, they went 6-4 in the over/under in their past 10 home and away matches combined.