Sports Betting Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free NFL Expert Picks: Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Saturday, December 31, 2016
by Aengus Moorehead

Tampa Bay in Must Win Situation Against Carolina

Sports Betting Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free NFL Expert Picks: Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Panthers: 6-9-0 (2-5-0 V)
Buccaneers: 8-7-0 (3-4-0 H)
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 1, 2017
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
TV: FOX

The Story
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers still have something to play for and it starts with a meeting with the Carolina Panthers in a NFC South matchup set to be staged at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers will look to sweep the season series against their division rivals and keep their playoff hopes alive but they need a ton help and luck in order to make it past the regular season.

First and foremost, they need to win their game on Sunday against the Panthers which is the easy part. This is where it gets ridiculous. They need the Lions to beat the Packers which is entirely possible, then the Titans must beat the Texans which is also plausible given that the Texans are lock in as the No. 4 seed. They also need the Colts to prevail over the Jaguars, the Cowboys to beat the Eagles and Ouch! the 49ers to beat the Seahawks. There is more folks. The Redskins and Giants have to tie their game on Sunday.

Obviously, the Buccaneers could have made their lives a lot easier if they had won their last game in New Orleans but costly mistakes by quarterback Jameis Winston led to their demise in a 31-24 loss last Saturday. Although he went 23 for 35 for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Winston threw two interceptions with one them that was immediately converted into a Saints’ touchdown on the very next play.

Tampa Bay’s defense was battered all afternoon by the Saints who garnered 417 total yards. They allowed Drew Brees to throw for 299 yards and a touchdown while RB Mark Ingram helped the Saints’ cause by rambling for 90 yards on 18 carries while scoring two touchdowns. Tampa Bay was without RB Doug Martin who was a healthy scratch to start the game. Jacquizz Rodgers replaced and ran for 63 yards on 15 carries. Martin was suspended for four games for violating the drug policy and will not play in Week 17.

Carolina’s was officially eliminated from playoff contention last week after a 33-16 loss to Atlanta last Saturday. The Panthers still had a chance to make it to playoffs in Week 16 although extremely slim but all that vanished in the home loss to the Falcons. Cam Newton’s poor season continued as he went 18 for 43 for 198 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He posted a season-low in rating with 44.5 and yards per passes with 4.61. Newton is listed as questionable (shoulder) for Sunday’s game.

Bovada has the Buccaneers listed as 3½-points favorites and the game's total is sitting at 46 according to MyBookie.

On the NFL Football Moneyline Odds at BetOnline Buccaneers are the Favorite at -175.

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sports Betting Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
317 Carolina
47½
318 Tampa Bay
-3½
  Moneyline
+200/-240

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Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 31-24 loser as they battled the Saints on the road. The Buccaneers failed to cover in the match as a +3-point underdog, while 55 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Panthers were a 33-16 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Falcons. They failed to cover the +3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (49) made winners of OVER bettors.

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sports Betting Odds & Trends

Carolina:
Carolina is 4-7-2 ATS in its last 13 games
Carolina is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Carolina is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road

Tampa Bay:
Tampa Bay is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games

The result:
The Panthers can’t wait for their season to end but will cause a surprise by eliminating the Buccaneers in a tight affair. Take Panthers +3½ and the Over 46.

Aengus Moorehead Free NFL Expert Picks: Carolina +3½ & Over 46 at Bovada

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