NFL Week 14 predictions: Our Bucs’ coverage team’s picks

The Bucs are home against the Saints, and our pickers arenít predicting a repeat of the season-opener.
Coach Dirk Koetter was all smiles after the Bucs' 24-17 win over Carolina Sunday. Tampa Bay faces New Orleans in a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Coach Dirk Koetter was all smiles after the Bucs' 24-17 win over Carolina Sunday. Tampa Bay faces New Orleans in a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published December 6

The Bucs were underdogs in the season-opener at New Orleans, and pulled off an upset that made them the talk of NFL. They would be again if they beat the Saints in a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

Tampa Bay is an 8.5-point home underdog to the Saints, a spread four of the Times' seven pickers think they will cover. But none of our pickers predict a Bucs victory.

Here’s a look at the picks:

(!-indicates Lock of the Week, *-indicated Upset Special).

(Pickers arranged, from left, in order of record against the spread).

Visitor Home Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs beat Mike Sherman, sports editor Martin Fennelly, columnist Thomas Bassinger, data reporter Tom Jones, columnist Ernest Hooper, metro columnist Rick Stroud, Bucs beat
New Orleans (-8.5) Tampa Bay NO 31-24 NO 28-21 NO 31-20 NO 27-20 NO 34-24 NO 30-20 NO 34-28
Jacksonville Tennessee (-4.5) TEN 13-9 TEN 23-20 TEN 17-9 TEN 14-13 !TEN 19-10! TEN 20-13 TEN 17-13
N.Y. Jets Buffalo (-3.5) BUF 21-14 BUF 24-17 BUF 23-13 BUF 17-13 BUF 21-14 BUF 14-2 BUF 17-13
Carolina (-1.5) Cleveland CLE 24-23 CAR 27-24 *CLE 24-20* CAR 19-16 CAR 27-13 CAR 27-24 CAR 27-20
Atlanta Green Bay (-5.5) GB 24-21 GB 26-24 GB 30-20 GB 27-24 *ATL 31-28* GB 24-20 GB 30-24
Indianapolis Houston (-5.5) HOU 28-21 !HOU 28-14! HOU 23-20 HOU 28-7 HOU 24-14 HOU 20-17 HOU 24-17
Baltimore Kansas City (-6.5) KC 24-20 KC 28-24 KC 31-27 !KC 27-20! KC 35-20 KC 44-14 KC 30-21
New England (-8.5) Miami NE 35-13 NE 27-21 NE 27-19 NE 23-15 NE 30-17 NE 17-13 NE 21-17
N.Y. Giants Washington (-1.5) *NYG 21-10* *NYG 23-20* NYG 23-16 *NYG 20-14* NYG 16-10 NYG 24-14 NYG 28-20
Cincinnati L.A. Chargers (-14.5) !LAC 31-17! LAC 34-20 LAC 30-19 LAC 31-20 LAC 37-14 !LAC 33-17! LAC 35-14
Denver (-5.5) San Francisco DEN 17-13 DEN 27-24 DEN 26-23 DEN 23-22 DEN 27-17 *SF 20-16* DEN 28-17
Detroit (-2.5) Arizona AZ 14-13 ARZ 21-20 ARZ 16-13 DET 24-21 DET 26-14 DET 20-16 DET 24-20
Philadelphia Dallas (-4.5) DAL 20-17 DAL 24-21 DAL 27-16 DAL 28-24 PHI 23-20 DAL 28-21 DAL 28-24
Pittsburgh (-11.5) Oakland PIT 31-14 PIT 38-24 !PIT 38-20! PIT 28-21 PIT 31-21 PIT 27-20 !PIT 31-21!
L.A. Rams (-3.5) Chicago CHI 28-24 LAR 31-27 CHI 31-28 LAR 28-26 LAR 27-20 LAR 20-18 *CHI 28-27*
Minnesota Seattle (-3.5) SEA 28-21 SEA 24-17 MIN 24-23 SEA 24-20 SEA 19-17 SEA 20-13 SEA 21-17
Straight up (Overall) 67-32 121-71 122-70 118-74 118-74 119-73 119-73
Straight Up (Week 13) 10-6 10-6 6-10 9-7 11-5 12-4 10-6
Vs. Spread (overall) 64-31 107-84 104-87 101-90 96-95 92-99 88-103
Vs. Spread (Week 13) 9-6 9-6 7-8 8-7 11-4 8-7 6-9
Pct. Vs. Spread (overall) 67.3 56 54.4 52.8 50.2 48.1 46.1
Lock of the week 5-2 7-6 5-8 7-6 7-6 5-8 3-10
Upset of the week 5-2 6-7 7-6 5-8 7-6 6-7 6-7


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