One more obscure battle between two NFC South teams that don’t stand a chance to make the NFL Playoffs in the 2010 NFL season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers both are looking to turn the tide this year. Carolina got off to a rough start in their game against the New York Giants but there were signs of hope.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers first game of the season saw them struggle early, then put together a nice comeback to win on their home field against the Cleveland Browns. Josh Freeman was far from impressive in his first game but he did what he had to do to get the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the win column to start the NFL season.
Running Games for Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Carolina Panthers Good but Off to Poor Starts
The Carolina Panthers have a dominant, grinding running game. Against the New York Giants DeAngelo Williams was ineffective, rushing for 62 yards on only 16 carries. Meanwhile his partner in crime, Jonathan Stewart, was limited to five carries for 12 yards in the game. Look for the Panthers will get on track with the rushing game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay was also expected to feature a strong running game against the Cleveland Browns with Cadillac Williams. Williams had a pedestrian game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, carrying the ball 22 times and rushing for only 75 yards. Carolina’s run defense will be much stronger than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. The running game edge goes to the Carolina Panthers on the home field.
Passing Attack of Carolina Panthers & Tampa Bay Buccaneers Very Limited
Josh Freeman is a decent quarterback in the NFL but he will never conjure up memories of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Steve Young or Doug Williams. Freeman is mobile and he ran for 34 yards in his Week One NFL game. Freeman is fearless in the pocket and this may help him in a game against the Carolina Panthers.
Matt Moore looked shaky in his Week One start against the New York Giants but he did throw for 182 yards. The bad aspect of Moore’s performance was three interceptions. One reason Jake Delhomme was let go from the Carolina Panthers was interceptions and Moore looks like he may follow in his foot steps. To be fair to Moore the New York Giants pass rush is much improved as is their entire defense. Passing edge goes to the Carolina Panthers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs Carolina Panthers -5: Pick Against the Spread & Final Thoughts.
The Tampa Buccaneers may get some action as a five point underdog in this game. The Carolina Panthers should get back on track with some home cooking in the second week of the NFL season. Carolina will set up the play action pass with a substantial running attack to start the game and then some passes down field for Steve Smith.
Tampa Bay is a gritty team and getting five points does make it tempting. The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook does not place a five point line on many games and this is the only game on the board with a five. Take the Carolina Panthers -5 to win this game but it should be a very close game.
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