The surging Buccaneers will attempt to plunder the Carolina Panthers for the second time this season when they two NFC South rivals hook up at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte this afternoon (1:00pm ET start time, FOX). NFL Sunday Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers Odds like the Bucs chances, but they are predicting a tight contest with Cam Newton and company a slight +1.5 against the spread home dog. The Over/Under in today’s meeting between Tampa Bay and Carolina is set at 48 points.
Tampa Bay looked well on its way to another disappointing season as it dropped four of five games following its week one 16-10 win over Carolina, but three game win streak has the team thinking playoffs as it prepares for a second showdown with the Panthers.
The Buccaneers have taken advantage of either poor or inconsistent or poor and inconsistent teams during their current, beating the Vikings, Raiders, and Chargers to improve to 5-4 overall.
The most impressive part of Tampa’s recent success has been the play of its offense. Josh Freeman has is dialed in and the team’s score reflect that as they are averaging 35.6 points per game since an October 14th meeting with Kansas City.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, their offensive success has been limited. Cam Newton and his cohorts punished defenses a season ago, but they have struggled to put points on the board this year, resulting in a 2-7 record for Carolina.
Maybe the Panthers learned something from their first meeting with the Bucs that will allow them to move the ball a little better this time around. Tampa’s defense has been spotty, yielding an average of 27 points per game in the team’s last four games.
Free Pick: Take the Over 48.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers NFL Odds:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1.5 (-110), Over 48 (-110)
Carolina Panthers +1.5 (-110), Under 48 (-110)
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