The Bucs are still thought to be one of the worst teams in the NFL but if they beat the Panthers on Sunday they would start the season with two wins. And it is possible, as gamblers making an NFL bet are giving them a decent chance this week.
The Bucs are just 2.5 point underdogs at the Sbg global sportsbook this week and the total is 36. Tampa Bay simply doesn’t win games very often. In fact, they had not won at home in Week 1 since 1998. Tampa Bay has not started a season at 2-0 since 2005.
Moore or Clausen? The Panthers starting quarterback Matt Moore suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to the Giants but there is a good chance he plays in this game on Sunday. He was feeling better earlier this week and head coach John Fox said he would be starting if healthy. Jimmy Clausen may be the quarterback of the future for Carolina but the Panthers would rather that future is not this week. Moore is 2-0 in his career against the Bucs and he has completed 29 of 44 passes for 335 yards.
Carolina Has Owned this Series – The Panthers are 11-3 against the Bucs since 2003. Last season the Panthers ran all over the Bucs as they rushed for an average of 212 yards in the two victories. Look for DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to have big games on Sunday vs. the Bucs.
More Betting Numbers – The Buccaneers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Panthers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. the NFC South. The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in September.
Huge Under NFL Wagering Online Trends – The under is 8-0 in the Buccaneers last 8 games overall. The under is 4-0 in the Buccaneers last 4 road games. The under is 5-0 in the Buccaneers last 5 vs. the NFC South. The under is 6-2 in the Panthers last 8 games overall. The under is 34-16-1 in the Panthers last 51 home games. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina.