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Panthers are great value as road dogs in Tampa

The Carolina Panthers travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers in Week 8 and have gotten mixed results away from Bank of America Stadium. After impressive road wins against the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions, they came crashing back to earth with consecutive losses to the Eagles and Bears. They now face a desperate Bucs team that is 1-4 SU in its last five games.

SHARK BITES
  • The Buccaneers are 2-9 SU and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games at home in October.
  • The Panthers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as underdog.
  • The Panthers are 1-6 SU and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games vs divisional opponents.

Despite those back-to-back losses, the Panthers have had recent success on the road. Carolina is 4-2 SU in its last six on the road and has historically owned the matchup between these divisional foes. The Panthers are 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight games at Raymond James Stadium. Carolina opened as 2.5-point dogs against the Bucs so bettors should take the points and chalk up the Panthers’ ugly loss in Chicago last week as an outlier.

Tampa Bay, on the other hand, continues to disappoint experts and analysts who predicted they would make a leap and join the upper tier in the NFC. The Bucs are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games and bettors who regularly wager on the Bucs spread this season are sure to be disgruntled individuals.

For anyone looking to make a wager on the total, the Panthers’ Week 7 loss to the Bears was very alarming. It was the defense that was supposed to struggle after the loss of All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly to a concussion but instead, Cam Newton and the offense completely fell apart. The total opened at 44 points and bettors should heavily consider the UNDER as Tampa and Carolina’s combined scoring average this season is 43 points.

If Carolina expects to be taken seriously in the NFC, these are the types of games they’ll need to win. Tampa’s season could be all but over if they can’t figure out a way to keep quarterback Jameis Winston upright and from making poor decisions in the pocket.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 2-point favorites at oddsmaker shops such as Bovada, while the NFL total was set at 44 for OVER/UNDER totals betting.

NFL prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark picked a 25-22 result in favor of the Buccaneers earlier in the week. Watch matchup reports and the picks page for any changes due to injuries or suspensions 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

Tampa Bay will face the 4-3 Carolina Panthers, who own a 3-3-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Buccaneers are 4-2 so far this season while the Panthers are 4-3. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Carolina injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 22-rated Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the No. 23-rated Carolina Panthers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 24.17 PPG, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 11 this week at 19.86 PPG. The Buccaneers aerial game is averaging 312.67 yards per game, more than the Panthers secondary allows through the air, 180.71 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Panthers feature the league's No. 1-rated road run defense, allowing 62.25 yards per game. The Buccaneers, meanwhile, rank No. 19 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Panthers were Week 7 losers coming out on the wrong end of a 17-3 score against Chicago.

Last time out, Jameis Winston threw for 3 scores and 384 yards in a failed effort to defeat Buffalo at New Era Field.

Betting Trends
  • Carolina is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games
  • Carolina is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Carolina is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Carolina home to Atlanta, Sunday, November 5
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, Sunday, November 5

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