The Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers paraded new quarterbacks last week and both lost. They will give it another go this coming Sunday, as Teddy Bridgewater and company travel down south to meet Tom Brady and the Bucs.
Betting Preview for the Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Regular Season Week 2 Game on September 20, 2020
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
When: Sunday, September 20, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Carolina Panthers (+9)
Regular Season Record: 0-1
It was not a dazzling performance for Teddy Bridgewater in his debut for the Panthers, as Carolina lost to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1, 34-30. Still, the Panthers’ offense showed some promise, and why wouldn’t it? They have Christian McCaffrey, who rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. He also caught three passes for 38 yards. Bridgewater went 22 for 34 for 270 yards and a touchdown. His play was up and down, but perhaps he’ll be steadier as the season progresses. His chemistry with wide receiver Robby Anderson is worth noting, too. Anderson, another newcomer in Carolina, led the team with 115 receiving yards and a touchdown on six catches. Tight end Ian Thomas only had a pair of catches for 16 yards, but Bridgwater might target him more, considering that the Bucs’ defense gave up 80 receiving yards to New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook last Sunday. There’s enough talent on the Panthers’ offense to make noise against Tampa Bay’s stop unit.
The over is 6-1 in the Panthers’ last seven games.
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-9)
Regular Season Record: 0-1
One of the big reasons why the Bucs got rid of Jameis Winston was because of his proneness to turnovers. However, that seems to still be a problem for Tampa Bay even with Tom Brady now under center for the team. In his debut for the Bucs, Brady went 23 for 36 for 239 passing yards and two touchdowns to go along with two interceptions. Chris Godwin led the team with 79 receiving yards on six catches. Mike Evans was only targeted four times and he caught one for just two yards. It was a disappointing outing for such a talented receiver like Evans. However, head coach Bruce Arians later expressed a bit of remorse for the way the offense underused Evans, so expect Brady to look his way more this coming Sunday. Tampa Bay’s backfield produced 86 rushing yards and a touchdown (from Brady) on 26 carries. There could be lots of opportunities for Ronald Barber and company to compile great numbers against Carolina’s faulty run defense.
The Bucs are 3-2 against the spread in their last five meetings with Carolina.
The Bucs win, 33-21.
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