- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to repeat their Week 2 victory against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday in London
- Panthers have reeled off three straight wins with the help of new quarterback Kyle Allen and MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey
- Can the Buccaneers pull off another victory or will the Panthers push their streak to four? Keep reading to find out
Following three straight wins without the services of former MVP quarterback Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers look to notch another win on their belt, this time at the expense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These two met in Week 2 with the Buccaneers squeaking by with a 6-point victory.
Even with the win, the Buccaneers aren’t expected to pull it off again as they have been tabbed as the underdog.
Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds
|Player||Spread||Moneyline Odds at BetOnline|
|Carolina Panthers||-2 (-111)||-130|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+2 (-109)||+110|
*Odds from 10/12/2019
Throughout the years these teams have been evenly matched. Not including the contest earlier this year, they have split their last six meetings with one another.
Who Holds The Edge Defensively?
On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers vs Buccaneers odds & stats tell a tale of two completely different teams.
The Panthers specialize in stopping teams from getting many yards through the air. Through five weeks of the season, they have only allowed 197 yards passing yards per game which is good for fourth in the league.
Although they are a top notch team in terms of stopping huge passing plays, they struggle mightily against the rush. On average they give up 134.4 yards per game on the ground which ranks them towards the bottom of the league at number 24.
The Buccaneers have no issues stopping the run. They have second best run defense in the entire league, allowing just 69.8 yards on the ground.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 6, 2019
Their biggest issues come from the pass. This team literally hasn’t been able to stop anybody, allowing 323.6 passing yards per game which ranks them dead last in the NFL.
In terms of overall points allowed, the Panthers have been very good. Opponents have managed to score 21.4 points per game while the Buccaneers have had their issues giving up 29.6.
Christian McCaffrey is on Another Level
Running back Christian McCaffrey should just be handed the MVP trophy already. He has been that good. Not only is he leading the league in rushing with 587 yards but he also ranks second with seven total touchdowns.
— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) October 6, 2019
In short, he’s been a flat out monster all season long. Oh, and one more thing: his 866 scrimmage yards are more then both Ezekiel Elliot and Todd Gurley combined.
Jameis Winston is Showing Promise this Season
Before the 2019 NFL season started, quarterback Jameis Winston was left for dead. He was coming off a disappointing 2018 and an inconsistent 2017.
Thoughts of getting rid of him were real in the Buccaneers front office. He was given one more chance to prove what he was worth and has he not wasted his opportunity.
His 1,371 yards rank him 9th in the league, while his 11 touchdown passes tie him for the second-most amongst his peers. One of his biggest issues has been turnovers and although he has improved in that department with just five interceptions on the year he does have a few issues in that regard. Three of his interceptions came at inopportune times which led to back breaking losses to both the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.
The #Buccaneers, already up 38-27, go deep to Mike Evans for a 67-yard touchdown.
Wade Phillips is getting schooled by Bruce Arians.pic.twitter.com/gpekNuFXvE
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 29, 2019
It isn’t just the turnovers that have been a slight issue for Winston but so has his accuracy. His 61.4% completion percentage ranks him 42nd in the entire league. In short, Winston has shown flaws in his game but he has also shown plenty of improvement as well.
Winston hasn’t solidified himself as the quarterback of the future just yet, but he has flashed the potential that made him the number one overall pick back in 2015. If he can keep up this level of play while steadily improving throughout the year, he can make the Buccaneers decision an easy one in keeping him long term.
How Will The Rematch Go?
It’s a bit surprising to see the Buccaneers as the underdog in this contest. Sure, Kyle Allen is playing at a higher level than Cam Newton but Jameis Winston is playing the best ball of his career right now. With this game taking place in London, no one really has an edge in terms of home turf so this will simply come down to which team is better.
McCaffrey has been arguably the best player in the league. Kyle Allen has proven that he just might be the new quarterback for the Panthers even when Newton comes back and their defense is as dangerous as ever. Don’t forget that they are riding a three game win streak as well. Still, even with all of those factors, give me the Buccaneers.
The Panthers have been very good this year but the most important position on the field is still at quarterback. Last time I checked, the Buccaneers will have a major advantage in that regard. Expect Winston to lead his team to an upset victory this Sunday.
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