Bucs vs Panthers NFL Football Spread/Handicapping
]Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-4) vs Carolina Panthers (2-7)
Sunday November 18
Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, NC
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The Buccaneers won again last week. That makes three in a row and 4 of their last 5. Due to this roll they enter Carolina as the slight favourite. To illustrate how things have changed throughout the course of the season Tampa was a 3 point dog to Carolina in the opener at home. Both of these teams were expected to improve this year but it has been Tampa that has taken the greater step forward.
Tampa may have won the last three, all by double digit margins, but this team is certainly no powerhouse. The game against San Diego could have gone either way until the Bucs opportunistic defense had a pick 6 to salt it away. This team is 3rd in the league in scoring despite being just above average in yards gained. They are also 30th in yards allowed but yet a respectable 18th in points against. At some point you would expect that something has got to give.
Tampa is 7-2 ATS this season including a perfect 4-0 as the visitors. This team is still a tough one to get a read on but there is enough talent to continue their winning ways against a team like Carolina that is already beginning to think about next season. It is hard not to like the Bucs in a situation where all they have to do is win the game.[soliloquy id=”82219″]
Carolina got dumped last week by Denver unable to maintain any of the momentum from their win the week before against Washington. Its another lost season in Charlotte and it appears many are beginning to tire of the look at me antics of franchise face Cam Newton. This team has been dismal at home with 1-4 SU and ATS records. It is hard to find any real reason to get behind them this season after they were solid moneymakers last year.
If Cam is losing the team that is one thing but the other that is plainly clear is that the Panthers can’t afford to lose him. Newton is the top passer and rusher on a team struggling for point production. They prefer to move the ball on the ground but the Bucs are among league leaders in slowing down ground attacks so it may be on Newton to find a way to move the ball through the air. He will definitely have to be sharp to avoid the turnovers that killed San Diego last week.
Tampa seems to be able to frustrate teams while Carolina seems easily frustrated – that does not make for a great outcome for the Panthers. Another thing going against Carolina is that in each of the last three season one team has swept the other – Tampa took the first one this season. In fact they seem to be alternating that trend and it is Tampa’s turn to take two.
Spread Pick: Tampa Bay -1
O/U Pick: Under
Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 23 – Carolina 17