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Free NFL Preseason Week 3 Pick- Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Buccaneers and Lions Want to Exceed Expectations

The Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the featured NFL game on CBS Friday Night. The week 3 preseason Game from Raymond James Stadium is set for 8 p.m.

BetAnySports has opened Tampa Bay as a two-point home favorite with the total set at 44.5 points. The line is not Tampa -2.5 and the total is down to 43.5.

Lions Look for More Production

The Lions will be looking for a bit more production on offense. They have scored a combined 27 points in their first two preseason games.

Following a 16-10 loss to Oakland in Week 1, where they were 3.5-point road underdogs, they were on the wrong end of Friday night’s 30-17 loss to the New York Giants. They were three-point favorites at home. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ 40.5-point line in that game.

Mathew Stafford sat out the preseason opener against the Raiders. The veteran quarterback was limited to two completions on five passing attempts in a short stint against New York. He should get a better opportunity to run the first-team offense this Friday night.

This will be seen as a final warm up for an opening day clash against the New York Jets on Monday, Sept. 10.

Detroit added veteran running back LeGarrette Blount as a free agent. He rushed for 32 yards on 11 carries in the lost to the Giants.

The Buccaneers Look for Great Improvement in 2018

Tampa Bay only won five straight-up games in the 2017 regular season. They are a perfect 2-0 both SU and against the spread this preseason.

The Buccaneers beat Miami 26-24 on the road in Week 1 as 2.5-point underdogs. Then last Saturday they had a 30-14 road win against Tennessee as three-point underdogs.

The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing line in each contest. Tampa Bay posted a 1-3 (SU and ATS) record last preseason with the total staying UNDER in all four games.

Jameis Winston will be on the shelf for the Week 1 opener against the New Orleans Saints. He has a pending league suspension. Winston looked to be in mid-season form on Saturday night against the Titans. He completed 13-of-18 attempts for 226 yards and a pair of scoring strikes.

The big play had been lacking in Tampa Bay’s offense. Winston connected on a 54-yard pass play with his fastest target, DeSean Jackson. He had two catches for 73 yards.

Stafford and Winston have a chance to make this an interesting matchup through at least the first half of action this Friday night. In the end, I am betting on the Lions both SU and ATS as the better all-around team.

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