Buccaneers vs. Panthers Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 2 Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Sep 09, 2019

Christian McCaffrey showed why he's a popular player prop bet at Sports Interaction rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns and leading the team with 10 receptions in week one.

Tampa Bay
7-9
AT
September 12, 2019, 8:20 PM ET
Bank of America Stadium
Carolina
5-11
Pointspread +7 -110
Moneyline +270
Over / Under o +48

24%

Betting Action

76%

Pointspread -7 -110
Moneyline -328
Over / Under u +48

24%

Betting Action

76%

It’s an all-NFC South matchup on Thursday night this week that also will feature two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Carolina Panthers, who are 6.5-point favourites at Sports Interaction.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

It’s the first “quick turnaround” game of the 2019 season and these Thursday night affairs usually favour the home team greatly in that regard because the home side gets an extra day of practice as it obviously doesn’t have to travel.

Bucs-Panthers is also a matchup of former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks who were No. 1 overall picks in the draft. Carolina’s Cam Newton was the 2010 Heisman winner at Auburn when he led the Tigers to the BCS National Championship. He went No. 1 in the 2011 draft. Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston won the Heisman in 2013 when he led Florida State to the BCS Championship. He went first in the 2015 draft.

These teams split last year, with each winning at home. Carolina prevailed 42-28 in Week 9. Newton was 19-for-25 for 247 yards and two scores, and tailback Christian McCaffrey rushed for two touchdowns. Winston didn’t play in the game because he had been struggling with turnovers, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, now in Miami, threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns – two each to Adam Humphries (now with Tennessee) and O.J. Howard. The Bucs were down 35-7 at one point before making it interesting.

The road team is 7-3 against the spread in the past 10 meetings. The total has gone under in five of the previous six.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs hired coach Bruce Arians this off-season, replacing the fired Dirk Koetter, because Arians was a supposed quarterbacks whisperer and if anyone could fix Winston then it would be him. Winston has been a turnover-machine in his pro career. Well, not a good start for that Arians/Winston duo as Tampa Bay lost 31-17 at home to San Francisco on Sunday, the Niners’ first win in the Eastern Time Zone since Jim Harbaugh was their coach. Winston threw for just 194 yards and was intercepted three times, two of them returned for touchdowns.

To be fair, one pick wasn’t Winston’s fault but he also had one that should have been intercepted and wasn’t. It was Winston’s 17th career game with multiple picks, passing Blake Bortles for most in the league since Winston entered the NFL.

On the bright side, the defence looked much improved under first-year coordinator Todd Bowles, the former Jets head coach. Tampa is 1-5 ATS in its six after allowing at least 30 points in the previous game.

Carolina Panthers

Carolina lost 30-27 at home to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Newton barely played this pre-season off shoulder surgery over the winter but didn’t appear hindered by it. He wasn’t great, though, and perhaps a bit rusty in going 25-for-38 for 239 yards with an interception. He also was held to a career-low minus-2 yards rushing.

Christian McCaffrey showed why he was the No. 1 overall pick in a lot of fantasy football drafts in rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns and leading the team with 10 receptions. Left tackle Greg Little (concussion) and defensive end Bruce Irvin (hamstring), both projected starters, were inactive due to injury. Carolina is 2-5 ATS in its past seven after a loss.

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