Big Week 1 Mismatch? Buccaneers at Panthers

NFL game footage of Buccaneers vs PanthersThe season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers will begin this coming Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The game has held some rather close gambling odds but the potential for the Panthers' Cam Newton to be unable to play has really changed the lines in recent time.

The Buccaneers were 1-3 in the preseason and also 1-3 ATS. They were also under the point total for each of these games. Their last one was on August 28 when they lost to Washington 24-10 while holding a -3 line with an over/under of 39.

The Panthers were 2-2 in the preseason period and split their home and road games. They also split the spread with a 2-2 ATS record. They won and lost against the spread in both home and road situations. The last game was a 10-0 win over Pittsburgh on August 28. The Panthers were at +4 and were well under the 37.5 total.

The Panthers swept the Buccaneers last year with their last game being a 27-6 victory on December 1. The Panthers were -7.5 favorites and were under the 41 point total.

Tampa Bay has been under the point total in their last four September games and had a 6-10 ATS record in the past year. The Buccaneers are also 0-4 ATS in their last few NFC games. They have also experienced some offensive impacts at home as they are 5-1 over the point total in their last few home games.

As for the Panthers, they are 0-5 ATS in their last five season openers. They were 9-6-1 ATS last year but were only 3-5 in that category during home games. They have also gone under the point total in all of their last five NFC South games and their last four road games.

The Buccaneers currently have a -2.5 advantage for the game. This comes weeks after the Panthers were slated to have a -2 lead. The over/under for the game is currently listed at 38.5. The competition for this match will be very close to all to watch.