Sunday, November 15, 2020, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1 p.m. ET
Buccaneers at Panthers Betting Preview: Buccaneers (-8.5/-250), Panthers (+8.5/+200)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers (6-3) need to get back on track and this might be a good chance to do so. After all, it worked earlier this season when Tampa Bay followed a season-opening loss to New Orleans by defeating Carolina 31-17. This time, the Buccaneers are fresh off a 38-3 whipping from New Orleans.
Quarterback Tom Brady suffered the worst loss of his 21-year NFL career in terms of scoring margin. He also was intercepted three times for the first time in nine years. By all accounts, he’ll be extra motivated to make sure there’s nothing close to a repeat of that.
Plus, the Buccaneers would like more from receiver Antonio Brown than the three catches for 31 yards that he posted last week in his debut with the team.
Only four teams have scored more than 20 points against the Buccaneers, who won two of those games. The other two were losses to the Saints.
Carrying a four-game losing streak, the Panthers (3-6) seem far removed from their three-game winning streak. The biggest hitch has come with an offense unable to come through enough in clutch situations, with settling for field goals often the norm. The Panthers rolled out a risky approach on offense at Kansas City and that paid off with fourth-down conversions and a successful fake punt, so they seem willing to try just about anything.
Teddy Bridgewater had never lost as many as three consecutive games as a starting quarterback prior to this season, so he’s due to get back on the winning track.
The defense has largely overperformed at times, though giving up 33 points was a tad too much in the Kansas City game. They’re young in the secondary in certain places, so Brady will look to pick them apart.
Buccaneers at Panthers Betting Pick for Week 10
The Buccaneers might have enough talent to pull this out on the scoreboard, but covering the spread could be another issue. The offense needs more efficiency in order to accomplish that.
Carolina’s four-game losing streak consists of defeats by an average of five points per game. Those include games against three teams — Chicago, New Orleans, Kansas City — with winning records.
Buccaneers at Panthers Betting Pick:
Buccaneers 23, Panthers 20
Buccaneers at Panthers Best Bet for Week 10
There are issues for the Panthers’ offense and the Buccaneers, after putting up only three points Sunday night vs. New Orleans, are bound to be determined to make amends. It’s clear the Buccaneers have issues to sort out.
While the almost all-out passing attack was due to a large deficit in the Saints game, Tampa Bay would be wise to crank up some semblance of a rushing attack. The Panthers appear likely to be without all-pro running back Christian McCaffrey, who played one game after a six-game absence but has landed on the injury report again. Running back Mike Davis has proved to be a capable fill-in.
Buccaneers at Panthers Best Bet: UNDER 50.5 total points (-110)