The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-8) play the Carolina Panthers (6-9) on Sunday, 1 at Raymond James Stadium. The two sides face off this week in a divisional matchup that might significantly impact the NFC South race. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in first place in the division, with a 7-8 record from 15 regular season matches. In second lies the Carolina Panthers, who are 6-9 from 15 contests. The Carolina Panthers arrive at the Raymond James Stadium as big outsiders to stop the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The home side should be able to book this one as a win, considering how highly the oddsmakers favor them.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Carolina Panthers Betting lines
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Carolina Panthers Betting expert picks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Carolina Panthers Moneyline
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been on a roll against teams from the NFC South of late, winning seven of their last ten matchups in this division. They are listed as favorites to beat the Carolina Panthers on the moneyline at odds of -160, suggesting they have a 62% chance of a Week 17 victory. On the other side, the Carolina Panthers are the clear +140 underdogs. Considering they’ve lost three of their last four road trips to NFC South teams, this might not be a surprise.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Carolina Panthers Spread
The oddsmakers are siding with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the spread, but not by much. The hosts open up as the 3-point favorites over the Carolina Panthers for Sunday’s showdown. The last five rounds between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers have been rather one-sided, with an average winning margin of up to 21.0 points.
Backing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to cover the spread looks like a red flag here, even on home soil. They’ve failed to cover the spread in their last five outings ahead of Sunday’s matchup. The hosts are also 1-7-1 ATS in the past nine games at home and 1-8-1 ATS overall from their previous ten games.
The past ten games against NFC South opposition saw the Carolina Panthers end up 6-4 ATS. During that span, the offense produced 20.1 points per game and the defense allowed an average of 20.9 points. The visitors are 3-5 ATS from their eight most recent road trips, as well as 7-3 ATS in their last ten games overall.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Carolina Panthers Total
The total may have passed the 45-point mark, but it didn’t quite go above 50 points, as the last ten games between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers produced an average of 48.6 points.
The average total from the last five meetings between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers was 47.4 points, 8.4 points higher than 39.0—the number set by the oddsmakers for Sunday’s contest at the Raymond James Stadium.
The score averaged 41.8 points and went 2-3 against the total in the last five NFC South matchups the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played at the Raymond James Stadium. Meanwhile, the last five Tampa Bay Buccaneers home games went over two times, leaving the home side with an overall 3-7 record from their last ten contests in the over/under market.
As for the Carolina Panthers, the average total has been 43.5 points in the away team’s past ten matches and 47.6 points in the last five on the road. Interestedly, the total has gone under in seven of the Carolina Panthers’ past ten matchups against teams from the NFC South.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Carolina Panthers Betting trends
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers have failed to cover the spread in their last five games.
- Carolina Panthers have covered the spread in five of their last six games.
- The total points score went over for Carolina Panthers, in their last three games
NFL Power Rankings Week 17 2022, Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Carolina Panthers
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers improved their regular season record to 7-8 last week by beating the Arizona Cardinals 16-19. They’ve gone 4-6 in their past ten matches and 3-2 in the last five at home.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive output has had a sharp decline in numbers this season. Last year, the home side managed 29.9 points per game to rank second in the league, but has only put up 17.7 points in the current one. However, what the hosts lack in offense, they clearly make up for in defense, having only allowed 20.3 points on average to rank seventh in the league.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are touted as a potential Super Bowl challenger for this season. While it’s still early days, things are going according to plan so far. The hosts hold the fourth seed in the NFC Conference, leaving them set for a spot in the January playoffs. Until then, the aim will be to strengthen their position by either maintaining or improving their current seeding.
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The Carolina Panthers upset the odds last week to beat the Detroit Lions, winning 37-23 to improve their record over their last 10 games to 5-5. They are also 1-4 in their last five on the road.
The Carolina Panthers will bring a middle-of-the-park offense for their latest game on the road, having scored 20.9 points per game this season. The defense, on the other hand, has really stepped up against opposing offenses of late. In the past five outings, the visitors have only given up 18.8 points on average. This is better than how they’ve fared over the season, having allowed 22.5 points per game in comparison.
2021 was a year to forget for the Carolina Panthers. The visitors failed to reach the playoffs, having finished fourth in the NFC South at 5-12, and are expected to miss the NFL postseason again, having gone 6-9 so far in the current campaign.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Carolina Panthers H2H history
The Carolina Panthers downed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21-3 in the previous matchup between these two franchises. The encounter took place at the Bank of America Stadium in October 2022. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came away with four wins from their past five matchups against the Carolina Panthers, leaving them with an overall record of 4-1.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed 27 points on average per game, while the Carolina Panthers put 21.6 points on board.