Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers - 12/24/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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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 -9.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5
We’ve got a fun NFL matchup coming from Bank of America Stadium on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers battle the Carolina Panthers.
Tampa enters this game at 4-10 on the season. The Buccaneers have lost their last four versus Atlanta, Green Bay, Detroit and Atlanta again. In that second Falcons game, Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston put up 299 yards with three TDs.
This season so far, Winston has 2774 yards with 17 TDs and eight picks, and Doug Martin is the leading Tampa Bay rusher on 402 yards and three scores. Mike Evans leads the Buccaneers receivers with 839 yards and five touchdowns.
Over on the Panthers’ side, they’re sitting at 10-4 on the season. Carolina has won six of their last seven games, most recently beating Green Bay in their last appearance. In that Packers matchup, Panthers QB Cam Newton threw for 242 yards and four TDs.
Newton has 2962 yards with 21 TDs and 12 picks so far this year, and Jonathan Stewart leads the Panthers rushers on 661 yards and six touchdowns. Devin Funchess is having a nice campaign for Carolina with his 781 yards and seven TDs.
Tampa Bay is 1-3-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Buccaneers are also 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the AFC South and 1-8 ATS in their last nine versus the NFC.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. Carolina is also 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the NFC and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win.
Tampa has just two wins in their last 11 games, but to their credit they’re staying in competition lately (six points or fewer loss margins in each of their last three). The last time these two teams met was a 17-3 Panthers win, but it’s kind of hard to tell how likely that outcome will be again with this being a rivalry game and all. In any case, the Panthers should outclass Tampa here, so I’ll stick with Carolina.