Two divisional opponents with inverse records will square off on Sunday, looking to try and reverse their fortunes of late.
The Buccaneers enter at 6-3, though will show up Sunday with a bitter taste in their mouths following a dismal performance last weekend against the Saints. The Bucs were routed from start to finish, and now their hold on the NFC South divisional lead remains in doubt.
For the Panthers, a promising start to this season has all but washed away. A heart-wrenching last second loss to the Chiefs last week has them at 3-6, and to make matters worse – it would seem they’ve again lost Christian McCaffrey to injury.
All is not lost for either team though, as a win would surely cure all that ails these teams. It will be interesting to see which group can quickly bounceback in this unpredictable season. We’re at a pivotal point in the year, and both the Bucs and Panthers need wins to attain their goals. Read on beneath the posted odds for further previews and game analysis for this all-NFC South divisional showdown.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers Betting Odds:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -6 (-110)
@ Carolina Panthers +6 (-110)
Over 51 (-110)
Under 51 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers Pick:
Expect the Bucs to come out on Sunday seeking blood after the embarrassment endured last Sunday night against the Saints. Tom Brady quite likely had the worst outing of his career in Week 9, and he vowed to be better this week.
In that game against New Orleans, Brady struggled with the pressure – but won’t face anywhere near that level here on Sunday vs. Carolina. The Panthers have many defensive issues at the moment, specifically within their pass defense. With some time and space, Brady should be able to shred the Panthers’ secondary with his array of pass-catching options. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown all have a few weeks of practice together now, and we should begin to see some evidence of that chemistry. Expect a big outing from that trio in Week 10. In the running game, both Leo Fournette and Ronald Jones should be able to exploit a weakened run defense of Carolina as well.
On the Panthers’ side, without McCaffrey the pressure on Carolina’s offense will be tough to deal with for Teddy Bridgewater. The Bucs have a knack of bringing a lot of heat and should be able to get into the backfield with regularity. Look for Mike Davis to need to step up with the absence of McCaffrey, but that likely will not be enough. Tampa’s defense also didn’t feel good about their coverage last week vs. New Orleans, and expect the Bucs to be charged up for redemption against a solid Panthers’ receiving corps.
Look for Tampa Bay to respond in a big way on Sunday. This remains an elite team and a one-week blip shouldn’t change that. Their offense could be the best in football, and their defense should completely stifle a limited Panthers squad. Expect the Bucs to roll in a blowout here.