Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Preview and Pick
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The Thursday night football game features two teams that seem to be heading in two different directions. The Carolina Panthers head out on the NFL highway riding a two game winning streak. These two wins have been in impressive fashion, but now they will have to avoid the letdown with a short week to prepare to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds
The NFL opening point spreads for this game opened up with the Panthers listed as (-6.5) point favorites. The betting public has jumped ship and no longer believes in backing the Buccaneers and this is evident by the over 60 percent of the early betting that is coming in on the Panthers. Although the money is coming in on the Panthers, the line has dropped and can now be found at (-6) at most of the top rated sportsbooks.
If the Panthers want to win they will need to continue to have a good effort from their star young quarterback. Cam Newton has completed at least 75 percent of his passes in each of his last two games, the first time in his career he's accomplished that in consecutive games. He is only the fifth quarterback this season to complete 75 percent of his passes in consecutive games. This productive outing on offense is just one of the reasons that the Panthers seemed to have turned the corner and have a shot at making the playoffs. That would take a major setback if they were to lose to the Buccaneers this Thursday.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal some insight on to what side to bet on for the Thursday night tussle. The total has gone over in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing at home against Carolina and the total has gone over in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games on the road. It should be noted that Carolina usually plays well in this spot as Carolina is 7-3 straight up in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay, however they do have some negative trends. Carolina is 8-17 straight up in its last 25 games on the road and just 2-3-1 straight up in its last 6 games. Tampa Bay is 0-5 straight up in its last 5 games at home and just 1-4-1 against the spread (ATS) when playing on their home turf.
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.