Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers: Preview and Pick
8 Replies | 323 ViewsOn 11/25/2013 07:07 PM in NFL
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are suddenly a very good football team that is winning games. After defeating the Detroit Lions the Buccaneers have started a modest winning streak. They will not go up against the team with the best winning streak in all of football when they travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers. The Panthers barely escaped the Dolphins for a big road win and are back at home to continue their winning ways, or at least try.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game favor the Panthers as the betting line shows that Carolina is a (-9) point favorite. Over 78 percent of the early betting action was on the Buccaneers as they believed that line was inflated and with that in mind, the betting odds began to shrink. This line can now be found at (-8) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The Panthers were not at their best against the Dolphins on Sunday. Cam Newton wasn't at his best in Sunday's win against the Dolphins. Newton finished 10-of-24 for 71 yards and an interception against four or fewer rushers. He made up for it late with the winning drive, but it is something that could concern the Panthers in the near future.
The Buccaneers have improved play under center. Mike Glennon is one of only 2 qualified quarterbacks in the NFL to have not thrown an interception on throws at least 15 yards downfield this season. He has posted a 98.7 Total QBR on such throws, 5th best in the league. Glennon's 5-yard touchdown pass to Tiquan Underwood traveled 40 yards through the air. This is a good sign for the future of this franchise.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal some interesting betting angles that should not be overlooked. Tampa Bay is 4-8 against the spread (ATS) in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Carolina and the total has gone under in 9 of Tampa Bay's last 13 games when playing on the road against Carolina. Tampa Bay is 7-14 straight up in its last 21 games when playing Carolina and Tampa Bay is 1-4 straight up in its last 5 games on the road. Tampa Bay is just 4-13 straight up in its last 17 games, while Carolina is 5-0 straight up in its last 5 games and 6-1 straight up in its last 7 games at home.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of is big game, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.