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Panthers Fall 16-10 Against Tampa Bay - Game Recap

The Buccaneers grabbed a Week 1 victory over the Panthers on Sunday, winning 16-10 at Raymond James Stadium.

Tampa Bay was an underdog by 3 points and came through with an ATS victory for bettors. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 45.5.

Josh Freeman completed 16 of 24 pass attempts for 138 yards and 1 TD for the Buccaneers in the win. He did not throw an interception in the game.

Kealoha Pilares rushed for 5 yards for Carolina, while Cam Newton added 4 yards. Cam Newton threw for 303 yards for the Panthers, while receivers Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell had 106 and 65 yards respectively.

Tampa Bay was outgained by Carolina 301-258 yards in Sunday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 18-16 by the Buccaneers.

Carolina lost the time of possession battle 37:27/22:33, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.

Tampa Bay looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Giants. The Panthers will aim to get back on the winning track vs New Orleans.