Sports book: Panthers vs. Buccaneers

The Carolina Panthers make a relatively short trip to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers for both team's 2012 regular season debut games. The first kick of the ball is scheduled for 4:25 PM ET in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The game can be seen regionally on the FOX network.

The Panthers ended the exhibition schedule with a 2-2 record overall, and 1-1 on the road. They fell to the Steelers in Week 4 in a tight game, losing 17-16. But in the regular season road opener last year, Carolina's Cam Newton threw 24-of-37, with 2 passing TDs and another rushing TD, ending with 422 yards. In their last 8 games, the team has put up 33 ppg. The Panthers went 9-6 ATS in 2011, as well as 4-3 ATS on the road. Check the Sports book Odds for Panthers vs. Buccaneers Game.

The Buccaneers also split their preseason games, going 2-2 overall, as well as 1-1 at home. Their final exhibition game against the Redskins was a rout, as they lost 30-3, failing to score except for a single field goal in the third quarter. The Bucs went 4-12 ATS last year, and 2-6 ATS at home. But it gets worse: Tampa Bay is on a 2-11 ATS slide right now, and come into this one with a 41-18 ppg deficit in their final 5 games of the 2011 season. They have been outscored 106-43 in their last 3 regular season home games.

These two teams have met twenty times since 2001, with Carolina leading the series 13-7. They played twice in 2011. The first time, the Bucs were favored by 2 ½ points at home, losing outright 38-19. In their second game, the Panthers similarly destroyed Tampa Bay, winning 48-16 in Carolina after being favored by 7 ½ points. Start your Sports book  Action on Panthers vs. Buccaneers Game.

Carolina is a 1 point favorite. The Panthers went 5-2 ATS last year when favored, and were 2-0 ATS as the away favorite. The Bucs were 3-9 ATS in 2011 as the underdog, and 1-4 ATS as a home dog. The total is set at 47 points.

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