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NFL Picks Week 15: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions

Here are our picks for this week’s NFL games.
Quarterback Jameis Winston (3) and the Bucs face the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. Sunday in Detroit. [Tampa Bay Times]
Quarterback Jameis Winston (3) and the Bucs face the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. Sunday in Detroit. [Tampa Bay Times]
Published Dec. 13, 2019

The picks:

Visitor Home Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs beat writer John Romano, columnist Rick Stroud, Bucs beat writer Mike Sherman, deputy editor-sports Thomas Bassinger, sports data reporter
N.Y. Jets Baltimore (-14.5) BAL 31-14 BAL 28-10 BALT 30-17 BAL 31-13 BAL 33-17
Tampa Bay (-4.5) Detroit TB 28-24 TB 27-24 TB 24-17 TB 24-21 TB 24-20
New England (-8.5) Cincinnati NE 28-13 NE 20-14 NE 30-17 NE 27-10 NE 20-13
Seattle (-6.5) Carolina SEA 30-20 SEA 34-24 SEA 24-20 SEA 31-21 SEA 20-10
Chicago Green Bay (-4.5) GB 17-14 GB 17-16 GB 20-17 GB 23-20 GB 28-24
Denver Kansas City (-10.5) KC 28-21 KC 26-17 KC 28-22 KC 28-24 KC 34-21
Miami N.Y. Giants (-3.5) MIA 20-17 MIA 23-21 MIA 17-13 MIA 17-16 NYG 16-13
Houston Tennessee (-3.5) HOU 28-24 HOU 24-20 TEN 27-20 TEN 24-21 TEN 23-16
Philadelphia (-4.5) Washington PHI 20-16 PHI 21-20 PHI 17-14 PHI 31-14 WAS 27-21
Cleveland (-2.5) Arizona ARI 24-22 CLE 27-21 ARI 28-24 ARI 26-21 ARI 17-13
Jacksonville Oakland (-6.5) OAK 27-20 OAK 24-20 OAK 30-20 OAK 34-27 OAK 35-32
Minnesota (-2.5) L.A. Chargers MIN 28-24 MIN 26-17 MIN 24-20 LAC 21-17 LAC 20-14
L.A. Rams (-1.5) Dallas DAL 28-27 LAR 24-21 LAR 30-24 DAL 26-20 DAL 31-22
Atlanta San Francisco (-10.5) SF 35-21 SF 31-17 SF 30-20 SF 34-23 SF 38-24
Buffalo Pittsburgh (-2.5) BUF 20-18 PIT 18-17 PIT 17-14 BUF 21-17 BUF 23-20
Indianapolis New Orleans (-9.5) NO 31-24 NO 30-23 NO 30-21 NO 30-20 NO 38-27
Lock of the week SEA NE BAL SF
Upset of the week BUF MIA MIA DAL DAL
Bucs games 8-5 7-6 7-6 5-8 6-7
Bucs games vs spread 10-3 8-5 7-6 3-10 7-6
Versus spread last week 10-6 12-4 8-8 9-7 7-9
Versus spread overall 116-92 114-94 107-101 99-109 94-114
Straight up last week 11-5 14-2 11-5 9-7 10-6
Straight up overall 136-72 129-79 127-81 123-85 123-85


  1. In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, then-Patriots receiver Antonio Brown roams the sideline during the first half against the Dolphins in Miami Gardens. Law enforcement authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Brown, who along with his trainer has been accused of attacking a man near Brown's South Florida home in Hollywood. [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
    The troubled NFL wide receiver is accused, along with his trainer, of attacking a man in South Florida.
  2. NFC linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hands Sean Silverthorn, of Largo, Fla., two tickets to the Super Bowl after a practice for the NFL Pro Bowl football game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
    At this time last year, he was a player without a team. Now, having earned his place among the game’s greats, the Buccaneers outside linebacker is making dreams come true for him, his family and a...
  3. In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the team's NFL football Super Bowl parade in New York. Manning, who led the Giants to two Super Bowls in a 16-year career that saw him set almost every team passing record, has retired. The Giants said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 that Manning would formally announce his retirement on Friday. [JULIO CORTEZ  |  AP]
    The two-time Super Bowl MVP is calling it quits after 16 seasons, all with the same team.
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, center, talks with kids while playing games during the fourth annual Dream Forever Foundation Football Camp held last June in Tampa. [SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Winston, who played at Florida State, is from Alabama, where the private historically black liberal arts college is located.
  5. In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) on the sidelines,during the first half at an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Miami Gardens. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
    The wide receiver’s trainer was arrested following accusations that he and Brown attacked another man near Brown’s home, authorities said.
  6. Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. [CHARLIE RIEDEL  |  AP]
    A report from the NFL Network says there’s increasing chatter about Rivers and the Bucs at the Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala.
  7. Former Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, left, started a Twitter beef with San Francisco's Richard Sherman, right, on Sunday. [TIMES FILES, ASSOCIATED  PRESS]
    The former Pro Bowl cornerback throws shade at the 49ers star for not shadowing top receivers.
  8. San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, center, is interviewed by Terry Bradshaw after the NFL NFC Championship football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers won 37-20 to advance to Super Bowl 54 against the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) [MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ  |  AP]
    San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch joins an impressive list of former Bucs players, coaches and executives to reach the Super Bowl in recent years.
  9. San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert, who finishes with 220 yards rushing and four TDs, breaks away from the Green Bay Packers during the first half of their NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. [TONY AVELAR  |  AP]
    Little-known Raheem Mostert, a former skateboarder-turned-surfer-turned-football player out of New Smyrna Beach High, has a historic game, rushing for 220 yards and four touchdowns.
  10. Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill catches a touchdown pass in front of Tennessee Titans defensive back Logan Ryan during the first half of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. [CHARLIE RIEDEL  |  AP]
    KC falls behind once again, this time 10-0, before rallying in the AFC Championship Game.