The Carolina Panthers are still in the race to win the NFC South division, and their chances will increase dramatically if they can beat the Tampa Bay Buccanest this coming Sunday. Will the Panthers beat Tom Brady and the Bucs again? Or will Tampa Bay stay on top of the division with a victory? Check out our preview of this Panthers vs Buccaneers game in Week 17 of the 2022 NFL regular season.
Betting Preview for the Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 17 Game on January 1, 2023
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
When: Saturday, January 1, 2023, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Carolina Panthers (+0.0)
Regular Season Record: 6-9
The Panthers have momentum going into the rematch against Tampa Bay. Carolina was the one to stop the rampaging Detroit Lions, with the Panthers eking out a 37-23 win at home over the NFC North team last Saturday. They have now won two of their last three games. Carolina is also 3-1 straight up since Sam Darnold took over as the team’s starter again. The backfield duo of D’Onta Foreman and Chubba Hubbard combined for 290 of the Panthers’ 320 rushing yards. The two running backs could be trouble anew for Tampa Bay, which struggled to contain them in the Panthers’ 21-3 home win over the Buccaneers back in Week 7. Defensively, Carolina knows it can dominate the Buccaneers, considering the success it had in the first meeting with Tom Brady and company. In that game, the Buccaneers went just 2/12 on third downs.
The Panthers are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games overall.
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-0.0)
Regular Season Record: 7-8
Tampa Bay pulled off an important 19-16 overtime win Sunday night over the Arizona Cardinals on the road in Week 16. Tom Brady was far from efficient with his performance, as he went 32/48 for 281 passing yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, but his offensive line held up well, with the quarterback not getting sacked at any point of the contest. The Buccaneers have one of the best – if not the best – pass protections in the NFL, and that could play a big role in Week 17 versus Carolina, which entered Week 16 just 26th in the NFL in terms of defensive sack rate. Mike Evans, who only had 29 receiving yards in the win over Arizona, could recover right away in Week 17 against Carolina, which allowed him to rack up 96 receiving yards on nine catches in the first meeting.
The Buccaneers are 3-1 against the spread in their last four home games versus the Panthers.
The Panthers win, 23-20.
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