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Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 12/24/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10) at Carolina Panthers (10-4)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Bank of America Stadium)

The Line: Carolina Panthers -10 -- Over/Under: 46.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers meet Sunday in NFL action at Bank of America Stadium.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to play spoiler at this point in the season while snapping a four-game losing streak. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost six of their last seven road games. Jameis Winston is completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,774 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Winston has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson have combined for 1,507 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Cameron Brate has 42 receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 91 yards per contest, and Doug Martin leads the way with 402 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 24 points and 390.8 yards per game. Lavonte David leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 84 tackles, Gerald McCoy has five sacks and Justin Evans has three interceptions. 

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 12/24/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Carolina Panthers look for their 11th victory of the season to position themselves nicely in the playoffs. The Carolina Panthers have won four straight home games. Cam Newton is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 2,962 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Newton has seven touchdown passes and one interception in his last three games. Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey have combined for 1,373 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Kelvin Benjamin has 32 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 135.7 yards per contest, and Jonathan Stewart leads the way with 661 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 20.4 points and 307.9 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 107 tackles, Julius Peppers has 10 sacks and Mike Adams has two interceptions.

The Buccaneers are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. NFC, 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NFC South and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Buccaneers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the road team is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

The Carolina Panthers may be playing their best stretch of football we've seen since they made the Super Bowl a couple of years ago. Newton has taken care of the football and is becoming a consistent difference maker, while the defense continues to be one of the best units in the league. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been able to compete, but you have to ask just how this team can continue to produce with all of the injuries piling up. The Bucs were already one of the more banged up teams in the league, and now O.J. Howard, DeSean Jackson, J.R. Sweezy, Justin Evans, Devante Bond and others have been added to the list. Tampa Bay only scored three points against the Panthers in the last meeting, and with a limited roster, it's hard seeing this game being much different. Give me the Panthers in a blowout.

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