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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 2: 2019 NFL Season (100th NFL Season)

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 @ 8:20 p.m. ET (Bank of America Stadium)

Over/Under: 49.5; Panthers -6.5 (-108)

Best Moneyline: Buccaneers +255, Panthers -285

In this week 2 matchup on Thursday Night Football between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) and Carolina Panthers (0-1), both teams are aiming to earn their first win of the 2019 season. This TNF game can be watched on NFL Network. The gametime forecast is 71 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds blowing at 4 mph S. The Panthers lead the all-time series W-L record 23-14. However, Tampa Bay won the previous meeting 24-17 on Dec. 2, 2018. When push comes to shove, statistically, the Panthers have the edge. In the Buccaneers' week 2 home loss against the San Francisco 49ers, quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 194 yards, was 20/36 on attempted passes, and he threw 1 touchdown to 3 interceptions. Two of his interceptions were pick-sixes. While Winston recovered two of his fumbles versus the Niners, O.J. Howard failed to recover his. His total QBR in this game was 8.6. The Bucs' leading rusher was Ronald Jones, who rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries. Wide receiver Chris Godwin made 3 receptions for 53 yards, and he scored one touchdown. Tampa Bay had 21 first downs in this home opener, while San Francisco had 17. The Bucs lost the turnover battle 4 to 2. The Bucs were kept scoreless in the first quarter, and the team was held to only 3 points in the forth quarter. This was a poor showing for Winston and the Bucs' offense. If Winston has another underachieving and disappointing season, this could without a doubt be his final season in a Bucs' uniform.

Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers also had a subpar game against the Los Angeles Rams. They lost to the Super Bowl LIII runner-up 30-27 at home. Similar to the Bucs' game, what lost the Panthers the opportunity to win over the Rams were a few questionable throws by the quarterback. Cam Newton passed for 239 yards, was 25/38 on passes, and threw 0 touchdowns to 1 interception overall. Newton's total QBR in this head-to-head meeting was 17.1. Both Newton and D.J. Moore had one lost fumble versus the Rams. Running back Christian McCaffrey led the team for rushing yards, rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. McCaffrey also led the Panthers in receiving yards, earning 81 yards on 10 receptions. D.J. Moore made 7 receptions for 76 yards as well. With 1:58 remaining late in the forth quarter, Carolina attempted an onside kick after bringing the score to 30-27 Bucs. However, they were unsuccessful. It is games like these that lead to NFL analysts and Panthers' fans wondering if this will be the last season for the Cam Newton-Ron Rivera duo at Bank of America Stadium. There is just something not clicking right with this offense. For both Cam Newton and Jameis Winston, new scenery might be needed in order for them to revive their NFL careers. Fortunately, this is only week 1. There is still a lot of time for these quarterbacks and coaches to improve their teams. No matter which way someone spins it, though, this is a "what have you done recently?" league.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Betting Trends show their vulnerability versus the Panthers on the road

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-5 SU in their last six games when playing on the road against the Carolina Panthers. Tampa Bay is also 6-13 ATS in the month of September, and the total has gone over in the last seven games played versus an NFC South divisional rival. Not to mention, the total has gone under in five of the Bucs' previous six games against an NFC opponent. Plus, Winston's career record against the Panthers is 3-4. Not counting preseason games, Tampa Bay is currently on a five-game losing streak. They have not won a regular season game since Dec. 2, 2018, when they defeated the Panthers 24-17. Moreover, after the team's week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, they rank 26th for scoring defense and 23rd for scoring offense.

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