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For good teams, point spreads are friendlier when playing on the road. Take the New England Patriots, who not only own a nine-game road winning streak, they’re 8-1 against the spread over that span. Coming off a surprising home loss, New England is on the road this week, favored by less than a touchdown at Tampa Bay for Thursday night.

NFL point spread: The Patriots opened as five-point favorites; the total was 53.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark (line updates and matchup report).

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 29.1-25.8 Buccaneers (NFL picks on every game).

Why the Patriots can cover the spread

The Super Bowl champs are playing for the bounce-back this week, after falling at home to Carolina on Sunday 33-30. The Patriots led for most of the first half, fell down 30-16 early in the fourth quarter, rallied to tie the score at 30-30 with three minutes to go but lost on a 48-yard field goal the last play of the game.

On the day, quarterback Tom Brady hit on 32 of 45 throws for 307 yards and two touchdowns, the last one on a fourth-and-goal from the Panthers one-yard line to tie the game. But two defensive penalties on Carolina’s last drive, including one that negated a third-down sack, basically cost New England a chance at winning the game.

Despite the loss, the Patriots lead the league in total offense, averaging 424 yards per game, 27 more than second-ranked Kansas City.

Why the Buccaneers can cover the spread

The Bucs just pulled a bounce-back of their own, a week after a poor showing at Minnesota, beating the Giants on Sunday 25-23. Tampa Bay took an early 13-0 lead on a pair of Jameis Winston scoring passes, fell down 23-22 with only three minutes to go, but drove 59 yards and won it on a Nick Folk field goal.

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It’s been a long time since our beloved boys in pewter and crimson have played a game in November as big as this weeks match up with the Seattle Seahawks.

Usually this time of year we are scanning the college rosters for our potential high draft picks. But, pill this year could be different-and I think it is.

We are playing a team fresh off a big win against the Eagles. We are coming off a big win against a team that hadn’t lost at home in almost two years.

Our quarterbacks are both evenly matched-Russell Wilson throwing for a few more yards (with a more seasoned Receiver corps I may add) but Jameis Winston has a higher quarterback completion rating. Both QB’s are a threat when pressured to scramble.

Both teams Special Teams struggled early but are playing improved football. The Buccaneers are getting healthy as Seattle loses it’s starting Running Back C. J. Prosise to injury.

Seattle at home has the huge advantage against virtually anybody when playing at home, find with its crowd noise-“12th Man” dynamic-but this game is in Tampa. Pete Carroll has the years under his belt compared to his rival in first year Head Coach Dirk Koetter. So who really has the upper hand?

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Alexander still played in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles because the suspension isn’t expected to be handed down until later in the week, the source confirmed to Schefter.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to hire offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter as their new head coach, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Terms of Koetter’s contract were being finalized Thursday night, a source told ESPN. The team said it will have a news conference to announce the new hire at 2 p.m. ET Friday.

The decision to hire Koetter means the Bucs are staying in-house to find their replacement for Lovie Smith, who was fired Jan. 6.

Koetter was thought to be the leading candidate for the job in the days following Smith’s firing. He interviewed with general manager Jason Licht and ownership Tuesday.

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