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Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 9/12/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Date & Time Thursday September 12, 2019, 8:20 PM (EDT)
Location
Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
The Line
The Line: Carolina Panthers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 50
TV Channel
NFL Network
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers meet Thursday in NFL action at Bank of America Stadium.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a bounce back performance after falling short against the San Francisco 49ers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost each of their last seven road games. Jameis Winston is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 195 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Winston has thrown 13 interceptions in his last five games. Chris Godwin and Dare Ogunbowale have combined for 86 receiving yards and one touchdown while O.J. Howard has four receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 121 yards per contest, and Ronald Jones leads the way with 75 yards on 13 carries. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 31 points and 256 yards per game. Jordan Whitehead leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with eight tackles, Shaquil Barrett has one sack and Vernon Hargreaves has one interception.

The Carolina Panthers also need a win her after a heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Carolina Panthers have lost their last four home games. Cam Newton is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 239 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Newton has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 12 games. Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore have combined for 157 receiving yards on 17 catches while Greg Olsen has four receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 127 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 128 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 30 points and 349 yards per game. Shaq Thompson leads the Carolina Panthers with nine tackles, James Bradberry has one sack and Donte Jackson has one pass deflection.

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

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 4-4-2 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog of at least three points. The Carolina Panthers hav failed to cover five of their last eight games as a favorite of at least three points. The Panthers have won seven of the last 10 games against the Buccaneers, but it's the road team that's covered seven of those games as well. Both of these teams had chances to win their opener but came up short due to spotty quarterback play and offenses that couldn't execute down the stretch. I want nothing to do with Winston and his constant bad decision making, but I'm not trying to lay nearly a full touchdown with the Panthers. Like a lot of Thursday night games for me, this is a pass, but I'd lean toward the points if forced to pick. Yuck. 

Pick:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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