Bucs vs. Panthers Odds
Two NFC South foes are set to close out Week 5 of the NFL Season tonight when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Carolina Panthers at 8:30PM ET on ESPN.
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Panthers are favored to win the game tonight, as they are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Bucs. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 45.5 points. The Panthers have won six straight meetings with the Bucs, going 5-1 against the spread in those six wins.
Carolina is favored today despite a major injury, as Cam Newton is out with a concussion. With Newton out, Derek Anderson makes the start at quarterback. He saw a lot of action in last week’s loss, but led Carolina to a pair of wins over Tampa Bay in 2014, throwing for 230 yards and two scores in a win at Tampa and for 277 yards and a touchdown at home. Along with Newton being out, so is Jonathan Stewart, who is out with a hamstring injury. The defending NFC champs need this game, as they come into today just 1-3 overall and 1-3 against the spread. The Panthers are giving up 29.5 points and 364 yards per game. Offensively, Carolina is putting up 27.3 points and 409 yards per game. The offense is being led by Greg Olsen, who has caught 24 passes for 335 yards and two scores.
Tampa Bay comes into today 1-3 overall and 1-3 against the spread as well. The Bucs are struggling on defense, allowing 32 points and 365 yards per game, including nearly 270 passing yards per game. The unit has also forced only two turnovers. On the flip side, the offense has committed 11 turnovers. Jameis Winston has thrown eight interceptions this season to go with eight touchdowns and 1,108 yards. The offense is only averaging 19.3 points and 359.5 yards per game as a unit. A lack of a consistent running game isn’t helping as Doug Martin has been injured with a hamstring injury while backup Charles Sims is doubtful to play today with a knee injury. Jacquizz Rodgers is looking to handle the main responsibilities in the backfield. The defense also has injuries, as defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is doubtful to play because of a calf injury while Lavonte David is questionable with an undisclosed injury.