Keep reading to see our NFL week 17 Panthers vs Buccaneers pick and preview. In this article we will outline who will come away with the win and cover the spread.
Panthers vs Buccaneers Pick & Preview- NFL Week 17
The Carolina Panthers travel to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, FL. Kickoff for this week’s game is set for 1:00 PM ET and will be televised on FOX. In a matchup between two NFC South teams, the Buccaneers are 3.0 point favorites at home.
Panthers vs Buccaneers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NFL
- Teams: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Where: Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium
- Date: Sunday, January 1st
- Betting Odds TB -3.0, CAR +135 | TB -165 O/U 39.5
Will Sam Darnold Lead The Panthers To A Win In What Figures To Be A Tightly Contested Game?
Carolina is looking to tack on another victory, as they defeated Detroit Lions by a score of 37-23 in 16. Heading into the game, the Panthers were 2.0 point underdogs, resulting in both a straight-up and ATS victory. In terms of the over-under, the teams combined for 60 points, which surpassed the betting line of 43.
Throughout the game, Carolina relied on the ground attack, finishing with 320 on 43 carries. D’Onta Foreman had a big individual game, finding the endzone 1 time, in addition to his 165 rush yards.
In the game, Sam Darnold completed 68.2% of his passes, leading to a total of 250 passing yards. Darnold ended the game with by passing and rushing for a touchdown. Wide receiver DJ Moore had a big game for Carolina, coming up with 83 yards and a touchdown. As a team, Carolina ranks 29th in the number of pass yards per game, averaging 175.9 per game. This season, 47.3% of the team’s offensive plays have come through the pass, placing them 26th in the NFL.
Will Tom Brady Lead The Buccaneers To A Win Over Carolina?
Last week, the Buccaneers picked up a conference win after taking down the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 19-16. Tampa Bay did not cover the spread in their win, as they entered as the -7.5 point favorites. Together, the two teams combined score remained below the over-under betting line of 42.
Offensively, Tampa Bay found success in the run game, putting up 115 yards on 30 attempts. Leonard Fournette led the team with 72 rush yards and did not find the endzone.
At the quarterback position, Tom Brady ended the game with a passer rating of 71.6 on 281 yards through the air. Brady finished the game with 1 passing TD. Leading the team’s passing attack was Leonard Fournette, who finished with 90 yards, including a yards per reception figure of 10.0. With an 44.8 passes per game, Tampa Bay ranks 1st in the league. Going into the game, the Buccaneers have thrown a total of 10.0 interceptions, coming on a passing completion percentage of 65.92% (12th).
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NFL Game
Heading into the second meeting of the season between these two teams, the Panthers already have a win over the Buccaneers. In the previous matchup, Carolina won by a score of 21-3. Not only did the Panthers come out on top in the win column, but they also covered the spread as +3.0 point underdogs. In the two meetings between Carolina and Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers picked up 2 wins by scores of 41-17 and 32-6.
Over the last 5 matchups between Carolina and Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers have won 4 of the last 5 games. The over-under record in these games sits at 3-2, with the average scoring total coming in at 47.4 points.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have performed well vs the spread in recent games, going 4-1-0. On average, the Panthers have averaged 16.8 points per game in the past 5 head-to-head matchups, compared to Tampa Bay at 30.6.
Across the Panthers’ last 5 road games, the team averaged 19.6 points per game while allowing 28.0. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 3-2, while going 1-4-0 straight-up.
When looking at their past 5 home matchups, Tampa Bay has an ATS record of 1-3-1 while averaging 19.8 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
Panthers vs Buccaneers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Buccaneers -3.0
- Free Total Prediction: Over 39.5