The Carolina Panthers will visit the NFC South’s big surprise team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 14th. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will playing their second consecutive NFC South game after losing to the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers are also playing their second in a row after receiving a brutal beat down courtesy of the New Orleans Saints.
Carolina Panthers Defense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offense
Defense has been solid for the Carolina Panthers. They have given up just over 100 yards rushing per game and they have held the opposition to just under 180 yards passing per game. The Carolina Panthers are one of only a select few teams to be holding NFL offenses under 300 yards per game this season. Led by Jon Beason, the hard hitting linebacker, the Carolina Panthers defense has established themselves as a punishing defense.
Josh Freeman and his group of rag tag Tampa Bay Buccaneers receivers and rushers has made their mark early in the NFL season and as the season passes the half way mark they are now considered legitimate. Freeman has been pedestrian as the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but he does get the job done.
Mike Williams has emerged as a solid number one receiver and LaGarrette Blount could be the punishing back Raheem Morris has been looking to start. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense has a slight edge over the Carolina Panthers defense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense vs Carolina Panthers Offense
Defending the run is the main weakness of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are giving up over 145 yards per game on the ground but their pass defense led by Super Bowl veteran Ronde Barber has been their best asset. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive secondary has only given up a little over 200 yards through the air ranking them among the top tier of secondaries in the NFL.
The Carolina Panthers offense has an identity crisis on their hands. Coach John Fox has flip flopped on quarterbacks and his running game is suffering horribly. Jonathan Stewart was knocked unconscious in last weeks game against the New Orleans Saints and this will leave them with a depleted back field heading into this game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense has the edge over the Carolina Panthers offense.
Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers -4: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has set the line on this game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a four point favorite over the visiting Carolina Panthers. Home field advantage is big in this NFC South game and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be looking to rebound in the division by winning this game over the Panthers. Take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -4 over the Carolina Panthers.
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