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Buccaneers visit Panthers in Week 16 NFL clash

Tampa Bay BuccaneersCarolina Panthers
Dec 24, 1:00 PM | Grass of Bank of America Stadium

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers Odds

4-10TEAM RECORD5-9

When Tampa Bay and the Panthers play in Carolina, the betting result is almost always the same - an UNDER play.

In 11 games here since the Panthers entered the league, the OVER has prevailed 9 times. With the Panthers opening as big 8-point home chalk, many will be looking for value on the over under line in this Week 16 NFC South battle.

The Buccaneers used to be a great bet as an NFL underdog, but they have lost 7 in a row SU in that role (1-6 ATS). Of note, Carolina is just 1-9 SU in its past 10 games within the division.

View Tampa Bay vs Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Panthers as 7-point favorites in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 49.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 11 and the Buccaneers at No. 31 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 22-13 result in favor of the Panthers.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Carolina's No. 10-ranked offense (24.4 PPG) against a Buccaneers defense that ranks No. 31 at 28.6 PPG. The Panthers passing attack has averaged 252.1 yards per game, more than the Buccaneers give up through the air (248.1 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Buccaneers own the league's No. 32-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 167.2 yards per game when on the road. Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 9 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 31-15 result against the Cowboys on December 17. The Buccaneers failed to cover in that game as a 7-point underdog, while the 46 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Buccaneers suffered a Week 15 loss against Dallas in their last game, falling 31-15 at Raymond James Stadium.

In their last action, Carolina was a 28-13 winner on the road against the Texans. They covered the 5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (41) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Last time out, Carolina got 2 scoring strikes from Cam Newton in a 28-13 win over Houston.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trends:
When playing in December are 4-6
When playing on grass are 2-8
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing within the division are 5-5

Carolina Panthers Trends:
When playing in December are 5-5
When playing on grass are 4-6
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing within the division are 1-9

A few Buccaneers at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing on the road against Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Carolina's last 7 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games
Carolina is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Atlanta, Sunday, January 1
Carolina at New Orleans, Sunday, January 1

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