|2013 NFL Thursday Night Football Odds: Panthers vs. Buccaneers|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Thursday, 24 October 2013 13:30|
Panthers vs. Buccaneers Odds
Carolina is 3-3 on the season, 1-2 on the road and 3-3 against the spread. Tampa Bay is 0-6 overall, 0-3 at home and 1-5 against the spread. Tampa Bay has won four of its last six meetings with Carolina.
Trends show that the favorite is 9-2 against the spread in the last 11 meetings in this series. These two have hit the over in 4 of their last 5 meetings and in 7 of their last 9 meetings in Tampa Bay.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Carolina is the favorite on the road, as the Panthers have odds of -6.5 points at Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The over/under total for the game has been set at 40.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had the Panthers favored by 7 points. The spread fell to 5.5 points before moving up to 6.5. The over/under total opened at 39.5 points and made a quick climb to 40.5, where it held from there.
Carolina has won two straight and three of its last four entering this game. Last week, the Panthers defeated St. Louis, 30-15. The Panthers have had all their wins come against teams that don’t have a winning record. Carolina is averaging 327.5 yards per game on offense while the defense is holding opponents to just 302.2 yards per game. Cam Newton has thrown for 1,331 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the offense while Thomas Davis is leading the defense with 47 tackles and three sacks.
Tamp Bay is now 0-6 on the season following a 31-23 loss at Atlanta last week. The Bucs have had four losses this season come by single digits, as the offense is posting just 297.9 yards per game and the defense is allowing 340.8 yards per game. The team lost leading rusher, Doug Martin, indefinitely following a shoulder injury last week. Mike Glennon has to lead the offense. He has thrown for 722 yards and five touchdowns in limited action. The defense is being led by Lavonte David, who has 48 tackles, four sacks and one interception.
In terms of Injuries, Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson (knee) is doubtful, while receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) is questionable. Carolina defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (thigh) and safety Robert Lester (hamstring) are also questionable.
The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Carolina, as the Panthers are getting 73% of the wagers with odds of -6.5 points at Tampa Bay on Thursday night.