Carolina Panthers (4-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 44 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet up for a pivotal NFC South show down in Tampa on Sunday.
The Panthers look to keep rolling on the road and add another tick to the win column against a divisional foe as they head into Tampa Bay to face off against a Bucs side looking for a rebound after a decent effort on the road in Buffalo last weekend that resulted in a late loss. Carolina has been up and down over the last few weekends and are coming off a terrible result last weekend in Chicago so you can bet they will be fired up here and if they’re going to get the victory they need to get Cam Newton back to the level he was playing at before his foot-in-mouth moment at the podium a few weeks ago. The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and stack up well against a Bucs defense that has had their issues stopping the pass and with Newton’s ability to move outside the pocket it makes for an added dimension the Bucs need to worry about.
Tampa Bay meanwhile has struggled mightily against the spread over the years at home and perhaps that is one main contributor to their lack of playoff appearances recently, but in an NFC South division that is completely wide open right now the Bucs are certainly in the running and a home win here against the Cats would be a huge confidence boost. Tampa’s offense has been their bread and butter as Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, and rookie OJ Howard have all had strong performances and with Doug Martin seemingly back to his old ways this is going to be an exciting team to watch for the rest of the season and that starts with a big win at home here against a divisional foe.
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven against the NFC South while the Bucs are 3-0-1 ATS against a team with a winning record and 22-47-1 ATS in their last 70 home games. Carolina needs a wakeup call but after an atrocious effort last week and this being their second straight road game and a divisional show down I am not sold on them for a rebound as the Bucs get it done and cover the small line.