Two NFC South teams coming off losses in Week 1 are set to lock horns in Charlotte shortly this Thursday, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pay the Carolina Panthers a visit. Both of their quarterbacks struggled in the opening week of the new NFL season, so which between Jameis Winston and Cam Newton will rebound on Thursday?
Betting Preview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers NFL Regular Season Week 2 Game on September 12, 2019
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
When: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 8:20 PM ET
Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+6.5) vs. Carolina Panthers (-6.5) – view all 2019 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: NFL
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
In Bruce Arians’ first gig as a head coach since coming out of retirement, Tampa Bay didn’t execute the kind of offense he had in mind. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston struggled, passing for just 194 yards and a touchdown against three interceptions while completing ust 20 of 36 passes in a 31-17 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Bucs couldn’t get anything going on offense with Winston imploding under center and the backfield generating mostly meaningless yards on the ground. Running back Ronald Jones led the team with 75 rushing yards on 13 carries. The only touchdown of the game for Tampa Bay came via a pick-six by cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. If there’s one thing Arians would like to see his team improve right away, it’s ball security, as the Bucs had four turnovers in the 49ers game, three of which came from Winston, who could be very close to getting benched.
The Bucs are 2-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last three games against the Panthers.
Betting on the Carolina Panthers (0-1)
Cam Newton’s return to regular-season action ended in a thud, as the Panthers got beaten at home by the Los Angeles Rams, 30-27, last Sunday. Newton went 25 of 38 for 239 passing yards with zero touchdowns and an interception. Newton and the Panthers’ offense was rusty in the first half in which they scored just three points but turned up the heat in the second half. The Panthers outscored the Rams in the final two quarters, 24-17. Turnovers were largely to blame for Carolina’s debacle, with Newton accounting for two of the team’s three giveaways, including a crucial fumble. There might be some lingering issues in Newton’s shoulder, as he didn’t attempt a pass longer than 17 yards. Meanwhile, running back Christian McCaffrey ripped 128 rushing yards and two rushing scores on 19 carries and added 81 receiving yards on 10 catches. McCaffrey could torch the Bucs’ lesser defense than that of the Rams’ stop unit.
The under is 2-1 in the Panthers’ last three home games.
The Panthers win, 31-24.
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