Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 12/2/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Panthers (6-5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet Sunday in NFL action at the Raymond James Stadium.
The Carolina Panthers need to snap a three-game losing streak to remain in the NFC playoff race. The Carolina Panthers have lost four of their last five road games. Cam Newton is completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 2,699 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Newton has two or more touchdown passes in each of his last 10 games. Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore have combined for 1,173 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Devin Funchess has 41 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 138.4 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 757 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 25.6 points and 356.5 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 95 tackles, Mario Addison has 7.5 sacks and Donte Jackson has four interceptions.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since the first two weeks of the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won three of their last five home games. Jameis Winston is completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 1,692 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick and have combined for 27 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions this season. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson have combined for 1,823 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Chris Godwin has 44 receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 98.5 yards per contest, and Peyton Barber leads the way with 590 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 30.7 points and 391 yards per game. Lavonte David leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 71 tackles, Jason Pierre-Paul has 10.5 sacks and Justin Evans has one interception.
The Panthers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC, 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Buccaneers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Panthers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings. The over is 9-3 in Buccaneers last 12 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 games overall.
The Carolina Panthers went from being a sneaky good team that was piling up victories to dropping three straight and being outscored by 11.6 points during the skid. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally put together a complete game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, but than win doesn't move the needle much and they have a turnover differential of -21. The Carolina Panthers have split their last 10 games ATS when a favorite of at least three points. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 3-3-1 ATS in their last seven games when an underdog of at least three points. The Panthers are easily a different team on the road than they are at home, but if they're a playoff contender, they win this game easily. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat themselves week after week and don't have the best defense in the world. If the Panthers can't win and cover the small number, it's probably time to give up on them for the remainder of the season.