2017 Season NFL Football Past Picks
August 11, 2017
Tampa Bay at Cincinnati
Friday 08/11 07:30 PM Eastern
1 unit on Game Total UNDER 37.5 -115 (risk 1 to return 1.87) RESULT: WIN
Dirk Koetter's first preseason game as coach of Tampa Bay was a 17-9 loss to Philadelphia in a game that went UNDER by 11 points, and the Bengals also went UNDER in Week 1 last season, losing 17-16 to Minnesota. Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis is 30-26-1 UNDER in the preseason, including staying UNDER six of the last eight games the last two years. Defensive coordinator Mike Smith greatly improved the defensive backfield in his first year with the Buccaneers as they finished fourth in the NFL with 17 interceptions, and they signed Chris Baker to shore up the defensive line. Backing up Jameis Winston is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is in his 13th year in the NFL, and completed 56.6 percent of his passes with the Jets in 2016 with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Ryan Griffin is next in the QB rotation and has not appeared in a regular season game, while rookie Sefo Liufau signed with the Buccs after going undrafted this spring. Cincinnati missed the playoffs for the first time in six years, but the defense allowed 19.7 points per game, including only 15.3 points the last eight games. The Bengals return the entire starting defensive backfield, and Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins anchor the defensive line. Andy Dalton's backup, AJ McCarron, played briefly in one game last year with no stats, while Driskel didn't play at all. Play this matchup to stay UNDER the total.