Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers – NFL Week 2 Betting Picks And Odds
After dropping the first game of the season at home the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers are in a must-win situation early in the year. Teams that start the season 0-2 have slim chances to make the playoffs.
When the Bucs and the Panthers meet on Thursday Night, there will be plenty at stake in this NFC South divisional matchup.
Buccaneers vs. Panthers Betting Odds – NFL Season Week 2
The betting line opened with the Panthers at 6.5-point favorite. There wasn’t any early movement other than the price, but on Tuesday morning it went up to 7 points at MyBookie.ag.
|+7 (-120)||Spread||-7 (+100)|
|O 49.5 (-110)||Total||U 49.5 (-110)|
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Few sportsbooks have the odds up to a touchdown favorite in favor of Carolina, so if you are planning on taking the points, it is an excellent opportunity to grab that half a point.
Between now and the kickoff the betting line should bounce between 6.5 and 7 points. I can’t see it going below or over those numbers.
The game total opened at 50.5 points and is now at 49.5. This one I can see it dropping another half a point or even a full point depending on the action.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers Betting Preview
The Buccaneers had one of the worst home showings in the first week of the season. Tampa Bay not only lost 31-17 to San Francisco 49ers, but the offense turned the ball over four times. Of those, two pick-sixes were thrown by QB Jameis Winston. He had a total of three interceptions on the afternoon.
When the Bucs hired Head Coach, Bruce Arians was precise to take Jameis Winston to the next level. Instead, the Arians and Winston era started with a lousy performance and the same old mistakes.
Tampa Bay did run for 121 yards against the Niners, led by 75 yards from Ronald Jones. I can see the team sticking to running the football while taking the ball out of the hands of Winston.
Lost in the Winston narrative is the Bucs defense which forced two turnovers against San Francisco. CB Vernon Hargreaves scored on a pick-six.
What Carolina Panthers Bring To The Game
Carolina fought hard against a better opponent. The Panthers fell short at home by losing 30-27 to the Los Angeles Rams in week one. Beyond its performance, the team needs to worry about the health of a few key players.
The Panthers QB Cam Newton went 25 of 38 for 239 yards and one interception against the Rams on Sunday. Newton is clearly working off the rust after undergoing shoulder injury in the offseason. Cam didn’t look like himself out there.
Greg Olsen’s Back Injury
Also, Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen is reportedly dealing with a back injury. Olsen didn’t practice on Tuesday after he caught four balls for 36 yards against Los Angeles.
The concern is that he might not have enough time to heal. If the game would have been on Sunday Olsen might get there but it being on Thursday complicates things.
The Panthers will ride one of the best players in football on offense. Tailback Christian McCaffrey had 209 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns during the weekend. McCaffrey has become the entire Carolina offense over the past two seasons.
Buccaneers vs. Panthers Betting Prediction
This game is an excellent opportunity to fade the public. 67% of the public is taking the Panthers to cover, but the spread is a little high for my taste.
It’s a divisional matchup, after all, and during a short week. I can see Panthers winning this game, but they are not overwhelmingly better than the Bucs. Let’s grab the points in this one. Bet Tampa Bay +7.
Buccaneers vs. Panthers Game Information
- Date: Thursday, September 12th, 2019
- Game Time: 8:20 PM ET
- Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
- TV: NFL Network
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