The Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off this Thursday in a battle of 0-1 teams. Both teams suffered disappointing home losses in Week 1 and look to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start with a win.
Carolina, the host for Thursday’s game, lost 30-27 to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. After the Rams took the lead in the first couple of minutes, they held it for the rest of the game. Running back Christian McCaffrey had another superb game, but got little-to-no help from the passing game of his defense.
The Buccaneers got an ugly game out of quarterback Jameis Winston, who threw two pick sixes in a 31-17 loss. The defense was decent enough, but could not overcome the mistakes made by the offense.
ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Bucs-Panthers game.
ESPN’s computer model believes that Carolina has this game on lock. The computer model gives the Panthers a 69.1 percent chance to win this Thursday’s game.
It’s statistically unlikely for the loser of this game to make the playoffs. Look for both sides to throw everything but the kitchen sink into winning this one.
The Panthers head into this game as seven-point favorites.
It will air at 8:20 p.m. EST on NFL Network.