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Buccaneers vs. Lions Preseason Betting Odds: Tampa’s Backfield Belongs to Barber


Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Peyton Barber

Betting Odds: Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3)

  • Detroit Lions Moneyline: +145
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Moneyline: -165
  • Over/Under: 45
  • Kickoff: Aug. 24, 2018 – 8 p.m. ET

Detroit Lions

The Lions’ status as a pass-first offense isn’t expected to change in 2018, but Eric Ebron’s departure leaves a hefty 15.2% target share to fill. Only the Rams utilized three-receiver sets on a higher percentage of snaps than the Lions last season (per Sharp Football Stats), so Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and breakout-candidate Kenny Golladay could all potentially co-exist in fantasy. Golladay surprisingly worked ahead of Tate in the team’s two-receiver sets last week and ranked second among all rookies in yards per reception last season.

While 60% of public tickets have come in on the Lions +3, they’ve received only 28% of the money.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Second-rounder Ronald Jones II was expected to work as the Buccaneers’ featured back entering training camp, but incumbent starter Peyton Barber has significantly out-performed the rookie.

  • Barber: 10 carries, 53 yards, 5.3 yards per carry, 1 touchdown
  • Jones: 12 carries, 11 yards, 0.9 yards per carry, 1 touchdown

Neither has contributed anything as a receiver, so either Charles Sims (knee, questionable) or Jacquizz Rodgers could see plenty of work on passing downs. There could be more than a few goal-line carries to go around Friday night, as the Lions-Buccaneers total is tied for the third-highest mark this week.

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