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BUCS (2-4) AT VIKINGS (5-2)
Vikings by 6 1/2; O/U: 42 1/2
TV: NFL Network. Radio: WFAN (660).
Something will have to give in this interesting NFC tilt.
Although the Bucs' record is subpar, they've been good for bettors: 4-2 against the spread (ATS), 2-0 on the road. Also, they allow an NFL-best 3.1 yards per carry, and are third in rushing defense at 76 yards per game.
The Thursday Night mantra continues: The home team has won 16 of the last 20 games.
But the Bucs -- 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 road games overall -- have covered their last five games vs. the Vikes dating to 2001. Plus, NFL road underdogs are 41-23-3 ATS (64 percent) this season. Works for me.
THE PICK: Bucs