NFC South rivals clash in Week 13 when the Carolina Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:00PM ET.
The Buccaneers lost in the final seconds in Atlanta, 20-17 as 13-point underdogs in Week 12. The combined score fell under the posted total of 46 points, as Josh Freeman threw for 250 yards with two touchdowns for Tampa Bay and Antonio Bryant had three receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown.
The Panthers lost to the Jets 17-6 as a 4-point underdog in Week 12, while the combined score fell under the posted total of 41.5 points. Jake Delhomme threw for 127 yards and four interceptions, while DeAngelo Williams rushed for 40 yards on 16 carries.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com have made the Panthers 5-point favorites over the Bucs in Week 13. The over/under total for this game has been set at 40 points.
The Panthers have several injury concerns coming into this game, none bigger than the one to Delhomme, who is expected to miss the game with a finger injury. Williams is also questionable with an ankle injury, although he’s been listed as questionable before and has played.
Carolina will start the inexperienced Matt Moore on Sunday, which means the Panthers will likely be running the football plenty. Tampa Bay’s run defense is horrid, as it has allowed 160.4 yards per game on the ground this season. Assuming Williams will play, then the Buccaneers won’t have any answer for Carolina’s running game.
Many bettors will think that the Bucs will hang in this game given that Moore is starting. But Delhomme has been so bad this season that Moore might be an improvement. Don’t be scared of the points – the Panthers should cover.
Our free pick prediction for this game is the Panthers –5 and the under 40. The total has gone under in four of Tampa Bay’s last five games when playing on the road against Carolina.
Our NFL Week 13 Free Pick for this matchup is: CAROLINA PANTHERS -5 and UNDER 40.
351 Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5 Over 40
352 Carolina Panthers –5 Under 40
Tampa Bay is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Carolina
Tampa Bay is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing Carolina
Carolina is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
Carolina is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
[LB] 08/23/2009 - Angelo Crowell IR ( Bicep )
[CB] 09/20/2009 - EJ Biggers IR ( Shoulder )
[OT] 09/06/2009 - Xavier Fulton IR ( Knee )
[P] 08/17/2009 - Josh Bidwell IR ( Hip )
[S] 09/21/2009 - Jermaine Phillips IR ( Thumb )
[FB] 10/20/2009 - B.J. Askew IR ( Neck )
[S] 11/11/2009 - Will Allen IR ( Thumb )
[LB] 11/11/2009 - Rod Wilson IR ( Hamstring )
[DE] 11/30/2009 - Stylez White injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. Carolina ( Hand )
[QB] 11/24/2009 - Byron Leftwich IR ( Elbow )
[P] 11/30/2009 - Dirk Johnson IR ( Hamstring )
[WR] 12/01/2009 - Michael Clayton expected to miss 1-2 weeks ( Knee )
[CB] 11/30/2009 - Torrie Cox IR ( Hip )
[CB] 11/29/2009 - Aqib Talib injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. Carolina ( Hamstring )
[TE] 12/02/2009 - Kellen Winslow "?" Sunday vs. Carolina ( Knee )
[DT] 08/14/2009 - Ma'ake Kemoeatu IR ( Achilles )
[QB] 09/14/2009 - Josh McCown IR ( Knee )
[OG] 08/31/2009 - CJ Davis IR ( Ankle )
[S] 09/01/2009 - Nate Salley IR ( Knee )
[FB] 11/30/2009 - Brad Hoover injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. Tampa Bay ( Ankle )
[DL] 09/21/2009 - Louis Leonard IR ( Ankle )
[LB] 11/09/2009 - Thomas Davis IR ( Knee )
[OT] 11/17/2009 - Jordan Gross IR ( Leg )
[DE] 11/29/2009 - Charles Johnson "?" Sunday vs. Tampa Bay ( Pectoral )
[FS] 11/29/2009 - Sherrod Martin injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. Tampa Bay ( Wrist )
[DT] 11/29/2009 - Tank Tyler injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. Tampa Bay ( Knee )
[QB] 12/01/2009 - Jake Delhomme doubtful Sunday vs. Tampa Bay ( Finger )
[LB] 11/24/2009 - Landon Johnson IR ( Knee )
[RB] 11/30/2009 - DeAngelo Williams probable Sunday vs. Tampa Bay ( Ankle )
[WR] 11/30/2009 - Dwayne Jarrett injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. Tampa Bay ( Ankle )
[QB] 12/01/2009 - Matt Moore is expected to start Sunday vs. Tampa Bay ( None )
Posted: 12/6/09 7:35AM ET