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Buccaneers at Colts: Predictions and staff picks for Week 12

Which staff member will nail their prediction this week?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

As the Buccaneers get ready to play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, we here at Bucs Nation are ready to drop some predictions for Week 12.

Tampa Bay is currently a 2.5-point underdog via DraftKings Sportsbook. Our staff weighs in with their predictions for the Bucs game and picks for the rest of the NFL’s Week 12 games.


Staff Predictions

Gil Arcia: Right on time

The part of the schedule that many may call “easy” has arrived for the Buccaneers. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has been consistently consistent even through the stretches of losses despite just a couple bumps along the way. This week, he’ll connect with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin consistently as the veteran quarterback will have a day throwing for two touchdowns while scrambling for another two. It’s a 2 for 2 sale on Sunday.

James Yarcho: Offense Carries The Day

The Indianapolis Colts, up until their last game, were the only team in the NFL to score at least 20 points every week this season. This time around, they’re going to get caught in a shoot-out. The Bucs are dealing with some key injuries to key players, but Baker Mayfield is going to have the offense humming against one of the worst pass defenses in the league. A triple-shot prediction of Mayfield to finish with a season high in passing yards while both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin each go for over 100 yards with a touchdown. Fire up all your Bucs and Colts in fantasy football this week, kids.

Mike Kiwak: Rachaad Re-Emerges

Rachaad White’s mini-streak of productivity got broken against San Francisco as Baker Mayfield was forced into a season-high 45 pass attempts. White notched just 58 total yards on 15 touches after 3 straight weeks of at least 98 yards. The Colts’ defense has struggled all year and is particularly bad at stopping the run. They see opponents rush almost 46% of the time against them and they allow 129.7 yards per game and the third-worst rushing TD per game rate in the league. White once again finds the end zone and totals 120 yards from scrimmage in this one.

Will Walsh: The winning starts NOW

These are the next five opponents Tampa Bay will be facing— Colts, Panthers, Falcons, Packers, Jaguars. Tampa's record in these next four MUST be 4-1 or better. This week is the week the winning starts, the Buccaneers have found a slight groove on offense in recent weeks and that groove will be enough to carry the Bucs past the Colts. If the Buccaneers manage to go 4-1 over the next five weeks they will be 8-7, with a few tiebreakers in their favor— giving them a chance for a late-season playoff push.

Evan Wanish: Banged up Bucs Somehow Find a Way

The first time the Bucs backs were against the wall, they responded with a dominant win over the Tennessee Titans. This time they face another must win against an AFC South opponent. Even with questions surrounding the availability of Lavonte David, Jamel Dean, Carlton Davis and even Devin White, the Bucs defense somehow finds a way to force a pair of turnovers while the offense does just enough to win a tight one 21-20 and keep their playoff hopes alive for now.


Week 12 Staff Picks