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Monday, October 10, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play visitor to the Carolina Panthers. The game, to be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte is slated for an 8:30 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN and can be streamed on the Watch ESPN app. Read on for our Buccaneers vs. Panthers preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Carolina wins the matchup between the two teams 79.3% of the time. The spread, via Vegas Insider, has Carolina favored as well.
Spread: Panthers -7
Game Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Buccaneers vs. Panthers preview:
After picking up a nice win at Atlanta in Week 1, the Buccaneers are now staring at a 1-3 start to the season after falling to Denver on Sunday 27-7. They are currently riding a three-game losing streak.
Things are not going any better for the Panthers as they too sit at 1-3 on the year. Cam Newton and the Panthers lost a bit of a shootout on Sunday against the Falcons losing 48-33. Carolina's lone win this season came in Week 2 against San Francisco.
Newton ranks 20th in the NFL in passing yards with just 974 on the season. It is worth noting however that his 133 passing attempts also rank 20th in the league. The Panthers offense ranks fourth in the league as they average 386.5 yards per contest.
Newton left the game against Atlanta after taking a tough hit during a two-point conversion.
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston may rank 11th in the league in passing yards per game with 277, but he has also thrown the second most interceptions in the league with eight. Tampa Bay's offense hasn't been consistent this season as it sits in the bottom half of the league with 341.0 yards per game. Their rush offense has been non existent as well with just 82.5 yards per contest.
Dirk Koetter is in his first season as Tampa Bay's head coach. He was the team's offensive coordinator in 2015.
The Panthers have been led by Ron Rivera since the 2011 season and he has pushed the team to a 48-35 record overall and of course a Super Bowl visit last season.
The Buccaneers and Panthers have faced each other 31 times in their history. The Panthers hold a 20-11 edge in the series. The two teams have never faced off in the playoffs.
Buccaneers vs. Panthers prediction:
This is rather simple, but it comes down to whether or not Newton will be in at quarterback for the Panthers. If Newton is cleared to play, then things become more interesting.
With Newton banged up and for whatever reason there is faith that Winston will take care of the football, the Bucs take this one in close fashion.
Buccaneers 23, Panthers 17
Stats via ESPN.