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Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 6: 2019 NFL Season (100th NFL Season)

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 @ 9:30 a.m. ET (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium)

Over/Under: 48; Panthers -2 (-115)

Best Moneyline: Panthers -123, Buccaneers +115

In Sunday's week 6 NFC South divisional matchup between the Carolina Panthers (3-2) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3), the Panthers are aiming to expand on their three-game winning streak, while the Bucs are striving for a .500 record. The gametime weather forecast at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England is 66 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds blowing at 15 mph SSW. Playing on a neutral turf, neither team should have the homefield advantage in Sunday's game. This NFC South showdown will be televised on NFL Network. Moreover, Carolina leads the all-time head-to-head series record 23-15 over Tampa Bay. However, the Buccaneers have won the past two meetings: 20-14 on Sept. 12, 2019 and 24-17 on Dec. 2, 2018. Carolina has not beaten Tampa Bay since Nov. 4, 2018, when the team won 42-28 at Bank of America Stadium.

In other words, the Panthers are due for another win against the Bucs. Now, the question is when will it happen? Anyways, in the Panthers' 34-27 home victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, quarterback Kyle Allen passed for 181 yards, was 17/30 on pass attempts, and threw 1 touchdown to 0 interceptions. Allen's total QBR was 33.2 in this game. Running back Christian McCaffrey, who is one of the top 3 MVP candidates alongside Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson, had 19 carries for 176 yards, scoring a total of two touchdowns as well. Reggie Bonnafon had 5 carries for 80 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver D.J. Moore made 6 receptions for 91 yards, while McCaffrey finished his top-notch game with 6 reception for 61 receiving yards and one touchdown.

For other team statistics, the Panthers had 22 first downs, 285 rushing yards, 445 total yards, no turnovers, and a time of possession of 27:36. Aside from a few questionable coaching calls from Head Coach Ron Rivera and the few missed field goals, Carolina played somewhat like a playoff contender this day. The Panthers' defense recovered three lost fumbles against the Jags, but they allowed 507 total yards. Jacksonville was averaging 7.8 yards per pass. In the end, Carolina did just enough to earn their first home win of the 2019 season and first home win since Nov. 4, 2018. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay lost 31-24 to the Drew Brees-less New Orleans Saints in week 5. Quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 204 yards, was 15/27 on pass attempts, and threw 2 touchdowns to 0 interceptions. Winston's total QBR was 16.6.

Running back Ronald Jones II had 9 carries for 35 yards and Peyton Barber finished his afternoon with 8 carries for 32 yards, scoring one touchdown. Wide receiver Chris Godwin made 7 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns. The Bucs had 19 first downs, 252 total yards, 94 rushing yards, no turnovers, and a time of possession of 26:33. Tampa Bay's defense was a no-show in this divisional rivalry game, unfortunately. They allowed 457 total yards and forced only one turnover. New Orleans' Teddy Bridgewater threw for four touchdown passes. It is not to say that Bridgewater is a bad quarterback, but he became a backup in the league for a reason. Then again, the Bucs' offense ran a total of 55 plays and had only 252 total yards of offense. Head Coach Bruce Arians and his coaching staff need to readjust the team's game plans at halftime on both sides of the ball. That part is evident. Perhaps, Winston's passing game will improve if the offensive line can adapt to new strategies to allow their quarterback more time to throw from within the pocket. The running game is vital to success, too.

The Carolina Panthers' Betting Trends addresses the team's below .500 record versus NFC opponents in the past nine games

The Carolina Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their previous six games on the road against Tampa Bay. They are also 2-7 SU in the team's past nine games against NFC opponents, and the total has gone under in four of the Panthers' last five games versus an NFC South team. Plus, the total has gone over in eight of Carolina's past twelve games played in the month of October. In three games started, Kyle Allen has passed for 674 yards, has a completion percentage of 66.7%, thrown 5 touchdowns to 0 interceptions, and has recorded a passer-rating of 107.4. He also has one rushing touchdown. For a 6'3'' 2018 undrafted quarterback, this guy is a solid backup. With a little more coaching and better pass protection, he could transform into the organization's starting quarterback. So, when Cam Newton returns this season from his foot injury, it might be in the team's best interest for Coach Rivera to leave Allen in as the starter. The saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes to mind. According to the Vegas Insider NFL betting odds, the Panthers have 7/2 odds of winning the NFC South, 15/1 odds of winning the NFC championship, and 30/1 odds of winning Super Bowl LIV.

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