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Buccaneers Need Win To Keep Slim Playoff Hopes Alive

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not in a good spot entering the final week of the NFL regular season. The only way the Bucs make the playoffs is if nine of 16 games go their way, which includes a needed victory over the Carolina Panthers. Tampa Bay has historically struggled against Carolina, going just 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their past seven meetings, but did win their first showdown this season.

Shark Bites
  • The Panthers are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games on the road against the Buccaneers.
  • The Buccaneers are 0-5 SU and ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 4.0 or more.
  • The Panthers are 1-4 SU and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the NFC South.

After losing their first four home games, the Bucs have won their last three with an average scoring margin of plus-13.3. If Tampa is to keep its slim playoff hopes alive, Jameis Winston is going to need to break out of his recent slump, as the quarterback has thrown five interceptions and has fumbled twice in the past two games.

The Panthers hope to see Cam Newton fix some mechanics that saw the quarterback complete just 18 of his 43 pass attempts with 16 off-target passes last week. Newton's issues go further than the Panthers’ most recent game, as the QB has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in five of the past six.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were listed as -3.5-point favorites at Bovada and other online Sportsbooks, with the total listed at one point at 47.5.

A 30-16 result in favor of the Buccaneers was the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Carolina Panthers have seen them go 6-9 and 5-8-2 ATS so far this season, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at 8-7 and 9-6 ATS. In totals betting, the Buccaneers are 7-7-1, while the Panthers are 8-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Carolina injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 13-rated Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the No. 28-ranked Carolina Panthers, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers No. 18-ranked offense (22.47 PPG) against a Carolina Panthers defense that ranks No. 27 at 25.67 PPG. The Buccaneers passing attack has averaged 249 yards per game, less than the Panthers give up through the air (273.53 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Carolina Panthers feature the league's No. 8-rated road run defense, allowing 97.71 yards per game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, meanwhile, ranks No. 26 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Panthers were Week 16 losers coming out on the wrong end of 33-16 score against Atlanta.

Jameis Winston passed for 2 touchdowns in his team's last game, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Saints, who won 31-24 on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Carolina is 4-7-2 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Carolina is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • Carolina is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home

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