The Carolina Panthers will chase their eighth straight win today when they welcome the suddenly dangerous Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The two NFC South rivals are scheduled to kickoff at 1:00pm ET on FOX. Sunday NFL Point Spreads from Sportsbook.ag have the hosting Panthers listed as a -7 against the spread favorite and the Over/Under set at 42 points.
Both of these teams are on the rise, but clearly the odds makers are convinced that Carolina is the real deal while Tampa Bay is experience some limited but, perhaps, not lasting success.
The Buccaneers were the beneficiaries of some Detroit stupidity (who isn't?) in their last outing as they were out-gained 390 yards to 229 and finished +5 in turnover margin and still eked out a 24-21 victory in the Motor City.
A win is a win, though, and last weekend's game happened to be Tampa Bay's third in a row. It also represented the Bucs fourth solid performance since they were drilled 31-13 at Raymond James Stadium on October 24th by the Panthers.
Now they have an opportunity to exact some revenge as well as prove more than a few people wrong about the legitimacy of their current winning streak.
A win over the Panthers in Carolina would turn some heads and go a long ways to removing Head Coach Greg Schiano from the hot seat.
However, as the spread would indicate, beating the Panthers in their own backyard is no easy task. Carolina has won seven straight games and it is 4-0 at home since dropping its season opener at Bank of America Stadium to the Seahawks.
Non-winning teams have really felt the Panthers wrath in Charlotte as the Giants, Rams, and Falcons lost to Cam Newton and company by an average of 25.7 points per game.
Tampa Bay, a winner in two of its last three trips to Charlotte, may be playing well enough right now to avoid a similar fate, but a win still seems highly unlikely.
Notable Trends: The Bucs are 5-2 against the spread and 2-5 straight up in their last seven games as a road dog with a total between 41.5 and 44 points. Carolina is 4-1 both straight up and against the spread in its last five games as a home favorite against Tampa Bay in the month of December.
Oakland Raiders vs Dallas Cowboys NFL Point Spreads:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +7 (-110), Over 42 (-110), +265 (Moneyline)
Carolina Panthers -7 (-110), Under 42 (-110), -330 (Moneyline)
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